Sociology Assignment Three.pdf - Molly Magee Sociology Assignment Four April 8 2018 1 Liebow states It would seem then that differences in father-child

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Molly Magee Sociology Assignment Four ]’ April 8, 2018. 1. Liebow states, “It would seem, then, that differences in father-child relationships do not depend so much on whether the man is in continuous as against intermittent or occasional contact with the child but on whether the man voluntarily assumes the role of father or has it thrust upon him.” (55) When a father willingly takes the responsibilities of his child/or someone else’s the relationship will be significantly stronger. Liebow provides a spectrum for the way father-child relationships play out on the street corner. At the low end no father child relationship exists at all. In the middle range there are fathers who are separated from their kids mothers, but still are available to them. At the high end of this there are fathers who live in the same household as their child. Therefore the crucial factor the shaping these relationships is the father's willingness to step up, without force. 2. Liebow states that the greater investment/commitment the father has, the greater and
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Unformatted text preview: sharper his failure as the head of the family. He believes that to soften this failure to his public and self esteem. He gives the example, “I’m not even trying to be your father so now I can’t be blamed for failing to accomplish what I’m not trying to do.” (56) When the father is separated from his kids he does not feel as obligated to be their main support. The closest relationships on the street corner are those where the men do live with the children, and accept responsibility when the child is NOT their own. Often times at the street corner the gestures of the man who lives with his own children are rarely acknowledged, whereas a man living with children that are not his own, everything is seen as monumental. Since the expectations for a man living with children that are not his own are very minimal he can form a relationship without guilt, or fear of failure....
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