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Assess the successes and failures of two theoretical frameworks that you will use in your paper to explain your results on fathering.

 The Fatherhood Project should be organized to address the following two major questions: Given the aforementioned differences that exist between men in the US, how does the sociological imagination help you to position black fathers into the historical roles (child-rearing and breadwinner) previously mentioned? And, what theoretical perspective/perspectives would best explain why black fathers are not able to fulfill the breadwinner role in the United States? To help you address the aforementioned questions, project members should engage in a semi-structured interview with eight persons (5 males and 5 females). These individuals can be your peers, family members, persons on campus or even strangers. Ask about their thoughts on what father involvement means to them, if there are differences in how black fathers are perceived in relation to white fathers and what do they feel, if any, account for these differences. Ensure to collect data on the age, race/ethnicity, gender, perceived socio-economic status, religious affiliation, level of education and family structure, of the persons you interview (no names are to be solicited).

The Fatherhood Project should include:

Introduction/Background

–       A working definition, or definitions, of father involvement and detail the sociological and historical evolution of fathering in the U.S.

Theoretical Perspectives (this section can be combined with the first section)

–       Assess the successes and failures of two theoretical frameworks that you will use in your paper to explain your results on fathering.

Analyses/Discussion

–       Using the semi-structured interviews, write a detailed critique of what father involvement means, noting the differences that exist in the definitions, the differences in how black fathers and white fathers are perceived and the reason for these perceived differences. Please make note of how the aforementioned differences are stratified by race/ethnicity, gender, education, socio-economic background etc.

 

 

The Father Involvement Project is a group assignment and asks you to develop a critical response with regard to the following quote, subsequent statements and questions:

“His job is elsewhere… because his fundamental value to the family is maintaining the connection to the elsewhere . . . Fathers have been far away for centuries: on military campaigns, as sailors on distant seas for years at a time; as cattle drivers, travelers, trappers, prospectors, messengers, prisoners, jobbers, peddlers, slavers, pirates, missionaries, migrant workers. The work week was once seventy-two hours. The construct ‘‘fatherhood’’ shows widely different faces in different countries, classes, occupations, and historical times. Only today is absence so shaming, and declared a criminal, even criminal-producing behavior.” (Hillman, 1996; pg. 80-81). One of the most, if not the most, enduring historical elements defining fatherhood has nothing to do with rearing children but deals with the assumption that the major role of fathers within the family is the breadwinner. The “the breadwinner” role assumes homogeneity and so demonstrates a lack of recognition of differences (race/ethnicity, social class, prior family structure and education to name a few) between men, and subsequently, between fathers in the United States.

The project should be organized to address the following two major questions: Given the aforementioned differences that exist between men in the US, how does the sociological imagination help you to position black fathers into the historical roles (child-rearing and breadwinner) previously mentioned? And, what theoretical perspective/perspectives would best explain why black fathers are not able to fulfill the breadwinner role in the United States? To help you address the aforementioned questions, project members should engage in a semi-structured interview with eight persons (5 males and 5 females). These individuals can be your peers, family members, persons on campus or even strangers. Ask about their thoughts on what father involvement means to them, if there are differences in how black fathers are perceived in relation to white fathers and what do they feel, if any, account for these differences. Ensure to collect data on the age, race/ethnicity, gender, perceived socio-economic status, religious affiliation, level of education and family structure, of the persons you interview (no names are to be solicited).

The project should include (and not necessarily in the order presented):

–       A working definition, or definitions, of father involvement detailing its sociological and historical evolution and how the two (sociological and historical) are linked.

–       Assess the successes and failures of three theoretical frameworks that have been used to explain the phenomenon of father involvement in America.

–       Using the semi-structured interviews, write a detailed critique of what father involvement means, noting the differences that exist in the definitions, the differences in how black fathers and white fathers are perceived and the reason for these perceived differences. Please make note of how the aforementioned differences are stratified by race/ethnicity, gender, education, socio-economic background etc.

–       Use the aforementioned theoretical frameworks to explain the differences in the definitions in father involvement, the perceived differences between black and white fathers and the reasons for these perceived differences.

–       State clearly the side of the debate you are aligned with regarding the pros and cons of the frameworks in explaining black father involvement. Analyze in detail the reasons for your position. Identify and clarify points of agreement and disagreement with the other side.

–       Analyze the claims of the opposing side that you do not necessarily support and be sure to identify and analyze at least three reasons why you do not support that position.Use the results from your semi-structured interviews to help to support or refute any points you are making.

You will complete this as a GROUP PROJECT. The Father Involvement Project is due Thursday, October 30 in class.  No late projects will be accepted. If a student did not effectively participate in the group project, it is in the best interest of the group to notify me so that appropriate action can be taken.

Instructions for the format of the Father Involvement Project

  • Project must be typewritten on one-sided paper, double-spaced.
  • Project should have 1″ margins all around.
  • The type font should be Times New Roman, size 12.
  • All text other than references should be double-spaced; type references in single space.
  • All pages except the first page should be numbered (right, top).
  • The body of the project should be no less than 10 pages, or more than 12 pages, in length. Project page length does not include the title page and reference page.
  • The group members’ names (in alphabetical order), day and date, and the title of the project should be on the first page of the project.
  • The references should be listed on a separate page from the text.
  • You must use and cite at least five (5) scholarly sources, which must include at least one book and one journal article. (Scholarly internet articles are acceptable provided they have names of authors, titles of articles, and website addresses in the reference page). Newspapers, magazines, Wikipedia, television programs, conversations etc. are NOT scholarly sources and should not be used as counted references; they will not count towards your source count and if they are used, they will negatively affect your project grade. I highly recommend you do not use any of the aforementioned.
  • Please use the APA style for referencing.
  • Grading will be based on well-written introduction/ roadmap (5 points), use of theoretical frameworks and interview responses (20 points), clarity of analyses (20 points), organization of project (5 points), grammar/ spelling/ punctuation (5 points) and bibliographical citations (5 points).

Be careful to avoid plagiarism (see section on the university’s policy regarding plagiarism). Direct quotations should be placed in quotation marks; indent lengthy quotations. You will receive significant point deductions on your papers for poor quality writing. Expect a minimum of 5 points to be deducted if I do not receive the project at the beginning of the scheduled class and a 5 point deduction for every other late day (including weekends). I will not be accepting the project after a week has passed


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