Providing an exploration of modern fatherhood, this book is based on sociological, anthropological and historical research.
The book begins with an exploration of the myth of the father through the ages and in different cultures. It looks at what fathers today can learn through these varying approaches, and explores the changing picture of father-child relationships in western culture. The book ends with a look at the politics of modern fatherhood and discusses the challenge faced by fathers who seek to reposition their role in the family and in society.
Burgess shows that fathers who interact with their children have more influence over their children’s lives than fathers who do not spend as much time with them. For example, children with involved and present fathers have fewer criminal problems like abusing drugs, according to the Dad Info website. Burgess is quoted on the Dad Info website as saying,
“If you want to keep your child off drugs or out of gangs, the best way is to build a strong, positive relationship with them as a tiny child, then maintain that relationship as they grow up.”