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Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century Paperback – June 1, 2013
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"The voices of superdads come alive as Kaufman describes the work-family challenges faced by men in the 21st century. Superdads is the most articulate and insightful discussion of issues facing contemporary fathers that I have seen in many years."-Scott Coltrane,author of Family Man
"The gender revolution has stalled—but not stopped. Read Superdads on a day when, down in the dumps, you think nothing has changed. Kaufman’s fascinating interviews show how the nurturing father ideal has changed men’s lives, making many willing to shift work responsibilities to meet family caregiving needs." -Joan C. Williams,author of Reshaping The Work-Family Debate
"'The workplace still sees men as men and not as fathers,' Gayle Kaufman, a professor of sociology at Davidson College, notes in her study of emerging new fathers, Superdads. If managers typically see the men working for them as men, Prof. Kaufman sees them as three distinct types of fathers, all trying to have greater involvement with their children than fathers of previous generations. Those deeper relationships lead to work-life balance issues that each one of them must resolve differently."-Harvey Schachter ,The Globe and Mail
"“Look! There in the playground—with the stroller and diaper bag! It's Superdad! Yes, it's Superdad—the most involved fathers in American history. And with this careful, compassionate and also critical group portrait, Gayle Kaufman has finally told their story. If you think men aren't changing—or if you think they somehow get neutered if they are changing—you need to read this book.” -Michael Kimmel,author of Guyland
"Superdads is a welcome addition to the expanding collection of rich qualitative studies that bring to life men's everyday joys and struggles as fathers. In particular, Kaufman provides an empirically grounded account of men's intersecting aspirations and responsibilities as fathers and workers. This book will appeal to a wide range of social scientists interested in learning directly from fathers how they perceive and handle work-family conflicts."-William Marsiglio, American Journal of Sociology
About the Author
Gayle Kaufman is Professor of Sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina.