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Black Single Fathers: Choosing to Parent Full-Time
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • Roberta Coles, Marquette University
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29 p.
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Sage Publications

This ethnographic study uses the narratives of African American, single, full-time fathers to explore the motivations precipitating their choice to parent. While the fathers had in common a number of demographic characteristics, such as full employment, residence, and support systems, which factored into their timing of and ability to take full custody, none of these are salient in their own narratives expressing why they wanted to be full-time fathers. Instead, their main motives centered on fulfilling a sense of duty and responsibility, reworking the effects of having had weak or absent fathers themselves, wanting to provide a role model for their children, and fulfilling an already established parent-child bond.


Accepted version. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 31, No. 4 (August 2002): 411-439. DOI. © 2002 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.

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Roberta Coles. "Black Single Fathers: Choosing to Parent Full-Time" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2002) ISSN: 0891-2416
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