Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives

Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives

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Edited by W. Bradford Wilcox, Edited by Kathleen Kovner Kline

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 24mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 8 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231160682
  • ISBN 13: 9780231160681
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 4 black & white illustrations, 2 colour illustrations, 8 graphs, 4 recorded music items

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The essays in this collection deploy biological and social scientific perspectives to evaluate the transformative experience of parenthood for today's women and men. They map the similar and distinct roles mothers and fathers play in their children's lives and measure the effect of gendered parenting on child well-being, work and family arrangements, and the quality of couples' relationships. Contributors describe what happens to brains and bodies when women become mothers and men become fathers; whether the stakes are the same or different for each sex; why, across history and cultures, women are typically more involved in childcare than men; why some fathers are strongly present in their children's lives while others are not; and how the various commitments men and women make to parenting shape their approaches to paid work and romantic relationships. Considering recent changes in men's and women's familial duties, the growing number of single-parent families, and the impassioned tenor of same-sex marriage debates, this book adds sound scientific and theoretical insight to these issues, constituting a standout resource for those interested in the causes and consequences of contemporary gendered parenthood.

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W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on fatherhood, marriage, and cohabitation in the United States and around the globe. Kathleen Kovner Kline is a child psychiatrist who has served on the medical school faculties of Dartmouth College, the University of Colorado, and currently the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as chief medical officer of the Consortium, a community mental health organization in Philadelphia.

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A much needed text. -- Judy Martin, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay This volume is broad-ranging yet thematically coherent, providing a useful roadmap for those seeking to navigate a burgeoning and decidedly interdisciplinary literature on parents and children. Readers in different disciplines will gain a firm foothold even as they are challenged to rethink the framing of questions regarding the relationship between gender and parenthood. -- Colin R. Johnson, Indiana University-Bloomington W. Bradford Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline's outstanding compilation of the latest research from the biological and social sciences sheds new light on the physical and social changes that accompany the transition to parenthood. A profound mediation on the contribution of mothers and fathers to the well-being of children, this volume both challenges and confirms prevailing wisdom about the interaction of gender and parenthood. A must read for young parents, those planning to become parents, and scholars of family life. -- Neil Gilbert, Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and codirector of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, University of California, Berkeley A solid handbook of current research generally showing real sex differences in parenting. Highly recommended. Choice August 2013