Date

4-30-2020

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According to Alicia La Hoz, Latinx fathers are dramatically underrepresented in the psychological literature [Fatherhood and the Latino Community (2012)]. There is a long history of Latinx fathers being marginalized and underrepresented in the U.S. Current research on Latinx men's transitions into U.S. society centers on U.S. immigration, gangs, and detention centers. Parenting research on U.S. Latinx populations focuses on mothers and disregards the role Latinx fathers play in their families, as well as the impact of their gendered transition into fatherhood in the U.S. This qualitative research project is informed by the urgency of initiating a discussion of the gendered transitions Latinx fathers shoulder as they transition into fatherhood in U.S. society. By focusing on identifying and un-packaging the emotional and social realities framing the transitions of Latinx fathers in California, this research illuminates: What do Latinx fathers acknowledge and discuss as the underestimated silences informing their transition into fatherhood? By creating a safe space for Latinx fathers to reflect and share the rigors of the silencing of their gendered identities, aspirations, and concerns as they transition into fatherhood, this research will illustrate the potential of researching the humanity of Latinx men. By conducting oral history interviews with Latinx fathers and examining their family archives, I will demonstrate that Latinx men are resourceful when identifying and resisting silences organizing their transition into fatherhood in U.S. society. Latinx men's decision to confront disorienting silences is their way of participating in the breaking of generations of emotional erasure and marginalization.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

Revealing Silences: Latinx Fathers' Gendered Transitions into Fatherhood in Contemporary U.S. Society

According to Alicia La Hoz, Latinx fathers are dramatically underrepresented in the psychological literature [Fatherhood and the Latino Community (2012)]. There is a long history of Latinx fathers being marginalized and underrepresented in the U.S. Current research on Latinx men's transitions into U.S. society centers on U.S. immigration, gangs, and detention centers. Parenting research on U.S. Latinx populations focuses on mothers and disregards the role Latinx fathers play in their families, as well as the impact of their gendered transition into fatherhood in the U.S. This qualitative research project is informed by the urgency of initiating a discussion of the gendered transitions Latinx fathers shoulder as they transition into fatherhood in U.S. society. By focusing on identifying and un-packaging the emotional and social realities framing the transitions of Latinx fathers in California, this research illuminates: What do Latinx fathers acknowledge and discuss as the underestimated silences informing their transition into fatherhood? By creating a safe space for Latinx fathers to reflect and share the rigors of the silencing of their gendered identities, aspirations, and concerns as they transition into fatherhood, this research will illustrate the potential of researching the humanity of Latinx men. By conducting oral history interviews with Latinx fathers and examining their family archives, I will demonstrate that Latinx men are resourceful when identifying and resisting silences organizing their transition into fatherhood in U.S. society. Latinx men's decision to confront disorienting silences is their way of participating in the breaking of generations of emotional erasure and marginalization.