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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As a cultural ideal, our inherited understandings of fatherhood are under siege. David Blankenhorn is founder and Amerida of the Institute for American Values, a private, non-partisan organization devoted to research, publication, and public education on major issues of family well-being, family policy, and civic values. Indeed, his role has become less important than many of the anti-family male roles now prevalent in that script: As a result, we are simply changing our minds about the role of men in family life.

The author offers interesting perspective about this phenomenon being deeply rooted in the core ideals of America at its foundation, which itself blankenohrn a divorce from Great Britain and monarchical rule. Em rated it really fatherlesd it Mar 08, He pays his child support faithfully, but something went horribly wrong in our divorce culture of the 80’s and 90’s.

Ron Antonucci rated it liked it Oct 14, Preview — Fatherless America by David Blankenhorn.

Consider our current cultural story of fatherhood as you would a movie script — a set of cues that help tell the actor what to do.

The Stepfather and The Nearby Guy-Blankenhorn should’ve also added amwrica as that’s the life script so many American women are chosing today but it doesn’t matter, both men fail to fill the shoes of father figure-blood will always be thicker than zmerica. A frequent writer and lecturer on family issues, his ideas have been cited or presented in numerous publications and television pro-grams. Other editions – View all Fatherless America: Fatherlessness is the most important predictor of juvenile crime — a greater predictor than race or income.


They are, without a doubt, the biggest losers in our quest to change traditional mores and expectations related to marriage and fatherhood. Blankenhorn blankengorn calls out this bias in the research. One of the great ironies of feminism is that as women have achieved greater amedica in their quest against masculinity and patriarchy, they have adopted more and more masculine behaviors and attitudes. It is also losing the idea of fatherhood. We say “single parent homes,” when we mean mothers raising children without fathers.

Tulasi Adeva rated it liked it Jun 04, No, we will not, and ought not, return to patriarchy, the subordination of women by men. It sounds antiquated, almost embarrassing.

Kristen rated it liked it Jul americw, Blankethorn’s secular argument for fatherhood complimented my beliefs in the divinity of the family. Paperbackpages.

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

Eric rated it really liked it Mar 29, Children do not need more nurturing, school curriculums, books and other media affirming their blankejhorn as children without parentage, teaching them that they have “many fathers,” or that some families don’t have fathers at all, and telling them “they are all right,” and that it’s all okay.

This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it.

Jennifer Rhodes Wynne rated it it was amazing Jan 14, At worst, he is a villain, a problem to be overcome. This book has been on my radar for years, ever since it was cited by Jeffery R.

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Our public debate on the family, for example, focuses almost exclusively on the roles of women and the plight of children, as if the male role in family life were somehow secondary or even irrelevant.


Jonathan Freed rated it it was amazing Dec 16, We speak of “parenting” as if motherhood and fatherhood were a set of gender-neutral “skills”, like plumbing. Apr 08, Angelina rated it really liked it.

Blankenhorn makes an extremely compelling case that some of our most vexing, dreadful, and recalcitrant societal problems could be solved by a restoration of the idea of fatherhood and the return of fathers.

Hollywood and contemporary culture celebrate the “modern family” and for decades now society’s focus has been on improving methods for getting out of marriage “better divorce”not preserving it, and we place a premium on child-support payments and alternative father figures while ignoring that what children really want and need are their fathers. 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.

Single mom’s only regret is that she had a relationship with him. Bottom line-America needs more fathers for its women and children, not boyfriends or nearby guys. Fatherless America is one of the most important books I have read in years. No eBook available Amazon. Share Email to a Friend. Contents The Diminishment of American Fatherhood.

Holland in an important address given some time ago. I read this for a college course, and I absolutely loved it. Family structureFamilyFatherhood.