Theory, policy and practice
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
Locating service provision issues within contemporary political developments
Locating this book: theoretically (and political) speaking
Aims and structure
Two: The contemporary context
Change, continuity and diversity
Work and care
Fathers are doing what?
Fathers, violence and abuse
A brief look at the implications for practice
Three: The historical context
Images, roles, responsibilities
From rights to duties to responsibilities: fathers ‘unmade’
Four: Freud and his legacy
The ‘daddy’ of them all
It’s ready mummy who counts
‘Return’ to the father
The feminist return to mummy and daddy, or maybe not?
Recent developments in ‘mainstream’ psychoanalysis: refinement and critique
Poststructuralists: deconstructing the father?
Five: Psychological perspectives
Developmental psychology: truth or norm?
The child, the mother and attachment anxieties
The ‘role’ of the father in child development: beyond developmental psychology
Impact of father involvement on children
Six: Sociological perspectives
The ‘role’ of the father
Sociology and family journeys
Family practices and intimacy: what about fathers?
Sociology and fathers: future directions?
Seven: The politics of fatherhood: contemporary developments
Categorising the politics of masculinity: where do fathers fit?
Why are men getting involved?
Decoding their calls and claims
Feminism and fathers’ groups
Eight: Contemporary social policies
New Labour: from welfare to investment
Rights, responsibilities and fathers
Antisocial behaviour and the Respect agenda
New Labour, fathers and the ‘democratic’ family
Some comparative insights
Nine: Working with fathers
Setting the scene
Fathers Matter: round 1
Dads talk about services
Constructions of fathers, mothers and children
But what did mothers say?
Fathers Matter: round 2
Survey of education
Reflections on Complexity in a context of denial
Ten: Reflections on a decade of working with fathers
Meeting fathers: a learning process
Engaging fathers: policy and practice
Eleven: Concluding remarks