The Daddy Shift

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Beacon Press | Jun 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780807097373

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    Beacon Press | Jun 01, 2010 | 256 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807021217

  • Ebook$18.00

    Beacon Press | Jun 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780807097373

Praise

Jeremy Adam Smith is a most purposeful father, a periodic Stay-at-Home Dad who sees his role as not just a choice that’s best for his family but as a sign of a rapidly changing societal landscape. . . . His new book, The Daddy Shift, is a chronicle of a time that he predicts we will look back upon as the start of permanent change.—Lisa Belkin, New York Times

“A combination of scholarly research (citing economic and historical trends, sociological and psychological studies, and labor statistics), revealing profiles of stay-at-home dads and their families, and poignant anecdotes from Smith’s own life. The personal passages are the book’s most affecting ones, as Smith reveals himself not as some know-it-all superdad but as a learn-as-you-go parent who had to sort out his own complex feelings.”—Regan McMahon, San Francisco Chronicle

“His investigations are very well researched, and he’s pursued them with a rigorous intellectual integrity that makes his arguments engagingly persuasive. The result is an impressive book that even the childless should read, for at essence, The Daddy Shift is not just about stay-at-home dads, but about the changing roles of men and women in society.”—Mothering

“A gentle but persistent appeal to get beyond all those preconceived notions and make the choices that work best for ourselves and our families.”—Body + Soul

“Forty years ago, a man who wanted to share child care equally with his wife would have been called ‘deviant,’ and a wife who wanted him to would have been condemned as an ‘unnatural’ mother. The Daddy Shift shows how far we have come and how much we have to gain by completing this revolution in marriage and parenthood.”—Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

Table Of Contents

Introduction
Twenty-first-century Dad
 
Part I
The Fathers of Yesterday and Today
 
A Stay-at-home Dad’s History
of North America
 
Searching for Role Models:
Ed and Rachelle’s Story
 
Stay-at-home Economics, or
Five Myths of Caregiving Fatherhood
 
Searching for Community: Chien’s Story
 
Interlude: Now You See It,
Now You Don’t
 
Part II
The Dads of Tomorrow
 
Returning to Glory: Ta-Nehisi’s Story
 
The Astonishing Science of Fatherhood, or
Three More Myths about Male Caregiving
 
Searching for Heroism:
Kent and Misun’s Story
 
Conclusion
Remember the Future
 
Epilogue
 Another Fatherhood Is Possible
 
Acknowledgments
 
Notes
 
Index

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