The Culture of Public Fathers in the Small City: Where does the culture of involved fathering reside in the public spaces of the small city?
Father Involvement research often focuses on issues relating to the impacts of paternal engagement on child development and the broader benefits of Father Involvement for fathers and their families. This study arose from an initiative taken by a group of service providers from various children- and family-serving organizations in the Comox Valley which together constitute the Comox Valley Father Involvement Network. Their task was to identify an activity and event in which fathers were able to actively and publicly parent in this small city. Mapping spaces appropriate to the nurturing of Father Involvement was its first mission.