Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State by Madonna Harrington Meyer

By Madonna Harrington Meyer

Care paintings is a suite of unique essays at the complexities of offering care. those essays emphasize how social guidelines intersect with gender, race, and sophistication to alternately compel ladies to accomplish care paintings and to constrain their skill to take action. top overseas students from a variety of disciplines supply a groundbreaking research of the paintings of being concerned within the context of the relations, the marketplace, and the welfare kingdom.

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Men came to be seen as partially fulfilling their family and civic duty not by teaching and interacting with their children, but by being good providers. Men’s moral obligations began to shift from direct family activities to wage earning, and a father’s family duty began to be conceptualized as one of financial support. The home, previously the normal site of production, consumption, and virtually everything else in life, was slowly being transformed (at least symbolically) into a nurturant child-centered haven set apart from the impersonal world of work, politics, and other public pursuits.

These, then are the earliest evolutionary roles of fathers and the primary roles around which men have organized their lives over the course of history. ” Popenoe, Blankenhorn, and others thus argue that since distinct parenting styles and The History of Men’s Caring 19 personality traits are biologically built in, men and women should not be called on to do the same sorts of things around the house or with children. What’s more, they suggest that the functional dictates of child socialization require mothers and fathers to act differently, and necessitate the presence of fathers: “Ultimately, the division of parental labor is the consequence of our biological embodiment as sexual beings and of the inherent requirements of effective parenthood” (Blankenhorn 1995:122).

As described below, family scholars and practitioners began to promote competing visions of what constitutes good fathering, basing their views on academic, religious, political, and emotional criteria. In this chapter, we investigate 18 Scott Coltrane and Justin Galt and evaluate rhetorical attempts to justify these fatherhood ideals by invoking putative historical precedents. In so doing, we decry the disingenuous deployment of nostalgia in the service of masculine hegemony and demonstrate the value of a balanced historical approach to understanding fatherhood.

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