- Title Pages
- Notes on contributors
- Chapter One Troubling normalities and normal family troubles: diversities, experiences and tensions
- Part One Approaching Family Troubles? Contexts And Methodologies
- Chapter Two Cultural context, families and troubles
- Chapter Three Representing family troubles through the 20th century
- Chapter Four The role of science in understanding family troubles
- Chapter Five Family troubles, methods trouble: qualitative research and the methodological divide
- Part Two Whose Trouble? Contested Definitions and Practices
- Chapter Six Disabled parents and normative family life: the obscuring of lived experiences of parents and children within policy and research accounts
- Chapter Seven Normal problems or problem children? Parents and the micro-politics of deviance and disability
- Chapter Eight Troubled talk and talk about troubles: moral cultures of infant feeding in professional, policy and parenting discourses
- Chapter Nine Children’s non-conforming behaviour: personal trouble or public issue?
- Chapter Ten Revealing the lived reality of kinship care through children and young people’s narratives: “It’s not all nice, it’s not all easy-going, it’s a difficult journey to go on”
- Part Three The Normal, The Troubling And The Harmful?
- Chapter Eleven Troubling loss? Children’s experiences of major disruptions in family life
- Chapter Twelve The permeating presence of past domestic and familial violence: “So, like, I’d never let anyone hit me but I’ve hit them, and I shouldn’t have done”
- Chapter Thirteen Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people’s experience of parental substance misuse
- Chapter Fourteen The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity
- Chapter Fifteen Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness
- Part Four Troubles and Transitions Across Space and Culture
- Chapter Sixteen ‘Troubling’ or ‘ordinary’? Children’s views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities
- Chapter Seventeen Colombian families dealing with parents’ international migration
- Chapter Eighteen Families left behind: unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK
- Chapter Nineteen Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV
- Chapter Twenty Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England
- Part Five Working With Families
- Chapter Twenty-One European perspectives on parenting and family support
- Chapter Twenty-Two What supports resilient coping among family members? A systemic practitioner’s perspective
- Chapter Twenty-Three Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’ and professionals’ understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles
- Chapter Twenty-Four Contested family practices and moral reasoning: updating concepts for working with family-related social problems
- Chapter Twenty-Five Working with fathers: risk or resource?
- Chapter Twenty-Six What is at stake in family troubles? Existential issues and value frameworks
Working with fathers: risk or resource?
Working with fathers: risk or resource?
- (p.315) Chapter Twenty-Five Working with fathers: risk or resource?
- Family troubles?
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The continuing reality of a gendered division of labour in parenting, and its taken-for-granted nature by services, means that women generally still play the central role in negotiating with services on behalf of children. However in Anglophone countries, there have been growing efforts to engage fathers in welfare and education services and to promote their involvement with their children (alongside more limited attention to paternity and parental leave entitlements and the public provision of child care). Such developments emphasise fathers’ role as resources for their children, while in other contexts, primarily child protection, fathers either remain invisible or are constructed largely as risks. This chapter charts these developments, highlighting first, the complexities of contemporary family life and the fragmentation of fathering, and the reality of violence, abuse and the continued care-giving role of mothers, all of which tend to be ignored in ‘fathers-as-resource’ developments; and second, increasing concerns both about unrealistic expectations of mothers where fathers are not engaged and about constructing fathers only as risks in the child protection arena, where more holistic, flexible and responsive approaches are beginning to emerge, although they remain controversial.
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