Fatherless America. David Blankenhorn, Welcome Home, 6/1/ This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it. Our public debate on the family . In this book, author David Blankenhorn discusses the harms of fatherlessness and makes the Good Family Man, a disappearing entity, his main protagonist. “With passion and precision, Fatherless America demonstrates that whether our concern is with teenage pregnancy, crime, violence David Blankenhorn asks.

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In the world of social science, twenty years is a long, long time; however, I’m not convinced any of the deficiencies in our society detailed by David Blankenhorn have been addressed; in fact, many of them have probably gotten much, much worse. What children really want is their fathers.

Scott Shaw rated it it was ok Jun 15, Single mom’s only regret is that she had a relationship with him. I read this for a college course, and I absolutely loved it.

My library Help Advanced Book Blankfnhorn. This conclusion holds true even when differences of race, class, and income are taken into account. Alison rated it liked it Jul 10, And it hasn’t been for the better, especially when it comes to the well-being of children.

In many ways Fatherless America is a response and rejoinder against blanmenhorn mounting collection of social research which either diminishes the role of fathers or ignores them altogether. Read it and pass it on.


The old “Life Script” just isn’t being followed anymore as the following list shows: The idea of fatherhood has been transmogrified, argues Blankenhorn.

FATHERLESS AMERICA by David Blankenhorn | Kirkus Reviews

But he is losing ground. Rev AC Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 24, Refresh and try again.

Fatherless America is one of the most important books I have read in years. Jul 19, Jenny added it. In short, the New Father teaches that there is no basic difference between a father and a parent — that there is nothing specifically male about fatherhood as a social role. Fatherless America is qmerica contrarian book.

As a social role, fatherhood is reduced to the size of a wallet. This book is a sad reminder that now, 18 years after it was written, we live in an even braver new world where the adult’s wants are valued far above what is best for children, and where the prevailing message is that “it’s all good” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In our efforts to find greater equality among the sexes, have we ignored a huge amount of unintended consequences?

Ron Antonucci rated it liked it Oct 14, Fathers are increasingly seen as expendable – or as part of the problem. From inside the book. Before they reach age eighteen, more than half of our nation’s children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem by David Blankenhorn

It clashes harshly with a gender-neutral society. He tries to maintain a relationship with his kids. Men in general, and fathers in particular, are increasingly viewed as superfluous to family life — either expendable or part of the americz. A great read for men and a must read fatherlses anyone considering divorce. Tulasi Adeva rated it liked it Jun 04, HawkinsDavid Curtis Dollahite Snippet view – This character is versatile enough to play several different roles without losing his basic identity.

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

What a legacy the feminist movement and its resulting divorce culture have left us with families and society increasingly in shambles. I don’t think most Americans understand the impact of that flight. We speak of “parenting” as if motherhood and fatherhood were a set of gender-neutral “skills”, like plumbing.

Fatherless America is really a book about ideas. Moreover, fatherlessness is the engine that drives our most pressing social problems. This chapter hit particularly close to home for me as my own stepfather has always been a stranger to me, we’ve never been close, I’ve tried, but the poor man just can’t be a father to children that are not his own.