Parenting Across Social Classes: Perspectives on Jamaican Fathers

  • Patricia AndersonEmail author
  • Camille Daley
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


This chapter describes the perspectives and experience of Jamaican fathers from middle and low-income communities in the main urban area. This account is situated within the framework of the Afro-Caribbean family, which often locates men at the margin of their families, if they choose to pursue a traditional path of multiple sexual relationships in the effort to demonstrate virility and dominance. In this situation, many fathers may live separately from their children, so that there are both “inside” children and “outside” children. Jamaican men of all social classes hold a strong attachment to their identity as fathers, and do not show any confusion regarding their parenting roles or the desired outcomes for children. The extent of their actual fatherwork varies with whether they reside with their children, so that inevitably children receive unequal fathering.


Corporal Punishment Masculinity Ideology Social Class Difference Legal Marriage Conjugal Union 
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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesMonaJamaica

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