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Soft Patriarchs, New Men : How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands - W. Bradford Wilcox

Soft Patriarchs, New Men

How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780226897097
Number Of Pages: 288

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In the wake of dramatic, recent changes in American family life, evangelical and mainline Protestant churches took markedly different positions on family change. This work explains why these two traditions responded so differently to family change and then goes on to explore how the stances of evangelical and mainline Protestant churches toward marriage and parenting influenced the husbands and fathers that fill their pews.

According to W. Bradford Wilcox, the divergent family ideologies of evangelical and mainline churches do not translate into large differences in family behavior between evangelical and mainline Protestant men who are married with children. Mainline Protestant men, he contends, are "new men" who take a more egalitarian approach to the division of household labor than their conservative peers and a more involved approach to parenting than men with no religious affiliation. Evangelical Protestant men, meanwhile, are "soft patriarchs"-not as authoritarian as some would expect, and given to being more emotional and dedicated to their wives and children than both their mainline and secular counterparts. Thus, Wilcox argues that religion domesticates men in ways that make them more responsive to the aspirations and needs of their immediate families.

Acknowledgments
Religion: A Force for Reaction in the Gender Revolution?
Mainline and Conservative Protestant Production of Family and Gender Culture, 1950-1995
Family and Gender Attitudes among Mainline and Conservative Protestants
Soft Patriarchs, New Fathers: Religion, Ideology, and Fatherhood
Domestic Rites and Enchanted Relations: Religion, Ideology, and Household Labor
Tending Her Heart: Religion, Ideology, and Emotion Work in Marriage
Conclusion: Family Modernization, the Domestication of Men, and the Futures of Fatherhood
Appendix: Data, Methods, and Tables
Notes
List of Works Cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780226897097
ISBN-10: 0226897095
Series: Morality and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.46

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