Teenage Tata: Voices of young fathers in South Africa provides a fresh and in-depth portrait of impoverished young South African men who became fathers while teenagers. It provides space for their articulate and impassioned voices to be heard amidst the outcry against the absence of fathers, and offers insights into young fathersí personal, emotional, financial and cultural struggles as they come to terms with fatherhood. The study highlights young fathersí strong sense of responsibility; poignant accounts of emotional engagement with their children and the women in their lives; the motivating power of young fathersí own absent fathers on their parenting intentions; their desire for sex- and relationship-education from male family members and their clear recognition of the help they need. Based on a multi-interview qualitative study in the informal settlements and townships around Cape Town and Durban, this monograph offers methodological innovations and showcases how social network interviews offer great potential for both research and intervention.
The Child, Youth, Family and Social Development (CYFSD) research programme of the HSRC aims to promote human and social development through the production of high quality applied research that addresses challenges arising from social inequality, poverty, violence, HIV/AIDS and other causes of ill-health and suffering, and loss of human potential. We research aspects of the life course, from infancy to old age, with an emphasis on understanding how contexts, policies and politics shape and distribute life chances. Throughout the life cycle, people learn, interact and develop within families, social and cultural groups, schools, workplaces, communities, and the economic, political and social orders. Our research focuses on individuals, groups and institutions relating to children, youth, families, and vulnerable populations, including older individuals and people with disabilities.
Glossary of colloquial, isiZulu and isiXhosa terms
PART 1 STUDYING YOUNG FATHERS IN IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES
1 What we know and need to know about young fathers and fatherhood
2 Designing and implementing an ethical phenomenological study
PART 2 THE VOICES OF YOUNG FATHERS
3 ‘Scared, proud, excited, frustrated, stressed’: Coming to terms with being a young father
4 ‘Being there and providing; that’s my job’: Young fathers’ perspectives on good fathering
5 Mothers, damages and ‘her family’: Influences, practices and relationships in the life of a young father
6 ‘Spare wheels’ and ‘meat to meat’: The meaning of sexual health for impoverished young men
PART 3 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
7 ‘Knowing, working, talking and connecting’: The crucial needs of young fathers
Appendix 1 Interview schedules
Appendix 2 Consent forms
Dr Sharlene Swartz is a sociologist and researcher at the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Commonwealth Education at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Arvin Bhana is a psychologist, the Deputy Executive Director at the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
“This book shows how the experience of fatherhood is a powerfully transformative process and which, in the case of these young men, evoked generosity and self-reflection, as well as disappointment and frustration. Becoming a young father is often portrayed as a personal disaster. In this book, we are taken beyond this story of misfortune into the rich emotional worlds of young, black, South African fathers.”
- Robert Morrell, Professor of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Co-editor of Baba: Men and Fatherhood in South Africa
“Teenage Tata is beautifully written and well-illustrated with the words of the protagonists. What beams through is the responsibility young men feel towards their children, and their emotional investment in them. But what is also evident is that these young men have very few options for realising this sense of responsibility. It is plain that this study will be a landmark on the path towards the development of innovative programmes to assist young fathers.”
- Professor Linda Richter, Executive Director, CYFSD, HSRC. Co-editor of Baba: Men and Fatherhood in South Africa
“This is a wonderful book, and a most moving one. And its research methods are impeccable.”
- Eva Hunter, Research Fellow at the University of Western Cape
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Media coverage: Teenage Tata / Weekend Argus 12 September 2009
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