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Center on Applied Feminism: Feminist Theory Book Group

October 7, 2013

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: John and Frances Angelos Law Center 109
Contact Name: Brittmy Martinez
Contact Phone: 410-837-5752
Contact E-mail: bmartinez@ubalt.edu

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Center on Applied Feminism for our next feminist theory book group meeting on Monday, October 7, at noon in Room 109, where we will be discussing Doing the Best I Can:  Fatherhood in the Inner City by Kathryn Edin and Timothy Nelson.

At the book group, lunch is provided, so your RSVP is requested to Brittmy Martinez at bmartinez@ubalt.edu. CAF holds a feminist theory book group twice a semester.  We hope to see you there! 

A description of Doing the Best I Can:
Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the leading social problems of today. Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as “deadbeat dads.” Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get pregnant so quickly—without planning. The authors chronicle the high hopes for forging lasting family bonds that pregnancy inspires, and pinpoint the fatal flaws that often lead to the relationship’s demise. They offer keen insight into a radical redefinition of family life where the father-child bond is central and parental ties are peripheral.  Drawing on years of fieldwork, Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. Intimate interviews with more than 100 fathers make real the significant obstacles faced by low-income men at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and finally to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child's life, and beyond.