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Laura Tropp is professor of communication and media arts at Marymount Manhattan College.
Janice Kelly is associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Molloy College.
Laura Tropp and Janice Kelly
Introduction: Changing Concepts of the Good Dad in Popular Culture
Janice Kelly and Laura Tropp
Section I: The Evolving Dad in Popular Culture
Chapter 1: The Culture of Fatherhood and the Late-Twentieth-Century New Fatherhood Movement: An Interpretive Perspective
Chapter 2: Who’s Your Daddy: Sperm Donation and the Cultural Construction of Fatherhood
Chapter 3: Soldiers and Fathers: Archetypal Media Representations of Service, Family, and Parenting
Laura C. Prividera and John W. Howard
Chapter 4: Decoding Comedic Dads: Examining how Media and Real Fathers Measure up with Young Viewers
Section II: Dads Across Popular Culture Genres
Chapter 5: Watching the Leisure Gap: Advertising Fatherhood with the Privilege of Play
Chapter 6: Detecting Fatherhood: The “New” Masculinity in Primetime Crime Dramas
Chapter 7: Magazine Depictions of Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Health: A Content Analysis
Justin J. Hendricks, Heidi Steinour, William Marsiglio, and Deepika Kulkarni
Chapter 8: New Paternal Anxieties in Contemporary Horror Cinema: Protecting the Family against (Supernatural) External Attacks
Fernando Gabriel Pagnono Berns and Canela Ailen Rodriguez Fontao
Section III: (Representing Dads)
Chapter 9: From Good Times to Blackish: Media Portrayals of African-American Fathers
Shirley A. Hill and Janice Kelly
Chapter 10: Queering Daddy or Adopting Homonormative Fatherhood?
11. Paternidad, Masculinidad, and Machismo: Evolving Representations of Mexican/-American Fathers in Film
Leandra H. Hernández
About the Contributors
Communication scholars Tropp and Kelly have compiled an important, in-depth collection that explores the ways in which contemporary media representations of fatherhood cultivate expectations about family life, fuel misconceptions about parenting, and promote complicated and contentious ideas about what being a father means. Contributors use literature reviews, audience studies, and content and textual analyses to examine topics such as the culture of fatherhood and the conduct of fathers; sperm donation and lineage; soldiers, military service, and family commitment; stay-at-home dads, caretaking, leisure, and manhood; masculinity in crime dramas and horror films; increased, yet domesticated, portrayals of gay fathers; and how representations of African American fathers in sitcoms and Mexican American fathers on film disrupt and perpetuate stereotypes about these men and groups. Taken together, the essays illustrate striking contradictions in representations of fathers by showing how these representations are progressive, subversive, and hopeful and also restrictive and harmful, among the latter especially those that offer tidy, uncomplicated depictions of fatherhood; reify patriarchy; and perpetuate traditional attitudes toward gender and parenting. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.
— Choice Reviews
“Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture is a needed corrective to a lack of previous research on media and fatherhood, and a boon to those studying masculinity and representation. It's well written, well organized, and examines mediated representations of modern fatherhood in ways that break new ground and re-examine old approaches critically. Highly recommended.”
— Brian Cogan, Molloy College, author of Deconstructing South Park: Critical Examinations of Animated Transgression