Low-Income Urban Fathers and the “Package Deal” of Family Life

Kathryn Edin, Timothy Nelson, Joanna Miranda Reed

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Economically disadvantaged fathers are far less likely to marry before having children than middle-class fathers are, and they have them far earlier (Nock 2007). When they do marry, they are more likely to divorce (Martin 2004). In the absence of a marital tie, the government assigns them financial obligations, which most do not satisfy fully (U.S. Census Bureau 2007). Thus, such men’s fathering behavior attracts a good deal of attention from both scholars and policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Stratification
Subtitle of host publicationClass, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780429963193
ISBN (Print)9780429494642
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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