Acknowledgments A number of decades ago, Professor Michael Lamb provided ample opportuni- ties for me to observe human developmental processes up close. To him I owe a lifelong gratitude for taking me on as his first graduate student and for nur- turing an intellectual spirit to conduct research on families in diverse cultural communities. On our forays into different cultural settings, my wife, Nancy Beth, offered an emic lens to fathering practices that complimented my etic interpretations of men’s behaviors in some cultural settings. I am grateful for her insights, particularly on fathering in Caribbean and Indian cultural set- tings. My children, Miles, Maya, and India, have helped me tremendously in shaping and reshaping my own cultural scripts about fathering. It is truly a joy to parent such caring children. I greatly appreciate the support of Dean Diane Lyden Murphy in the Falk College at Syracuse University. To my colleagues, near and far, your work has been instrumental in helping me formulate my own research understanding of fathers. Some of you provided a home away from home during my field work. For this I am most appreciative. Kimberly L. Davidson and Elif Dede Yildirim assisted me with the manuscript.
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