14. Fathering for Social Justice

Raising Children with Open Eyes and Open Minds

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. David S. Owen Associate Professor Director

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch14

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Owen, D. S. (2010) Fathering for Social Justice, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Louisville, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330311

Online ISBN: 9781444324464



  • fathering for social justice - raising children with open eyes and open minds;
  • our maleness, heterosexuality and racial identity - as norms for our society;
  • small Internet wildfire discussion;
  • “Mommy, why is her face brown?” - simply noticing something factual about the world;
  • against ignoring difference - parents of the child, failing to educate children about racial differences;
  • pressure to be color-blind - becoming a norm, showing up in ten-year-old children;
  • people should not notice race - to maintain racialized disparities;
  • problem with response, ignoring culturally embedded meanings - associated with skin color;
  • teaching alienation - mitigating feelings of alienation from the larger society


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Difference

  • Against Ignoring Difference

  • I Am Because We Are and We Are Because I Am

  • Practicing Just Parenting

  • Teaching Alienation?

  • Notes