The family in the Swedish model

Åsa Lundqvist

in Family policy paradoxes

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424556
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302339 | DOI:
The family in the Swedish model

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This chapter suggests that an ambivalent family ideal dominated the period between 1940 and 1960. This ambivalence reflected a deepening of the work–family balance paradox from the 1930s; while family- and social-policy reforms supported the male-breadwinner model by enabling women to stay at home through initiatives such as universal maternity leave, government commissions proposed reforms such as state day care that encouraged mothers to enter the labour market. While some experts legitimised women as the ‘caring head’ of the family, others stressed the dual roles of women, a discourse that reflected increasing female participation in the labour market.

Keywords: work–family balance; social policy; male-breadwinner; maternity leave; day care

Chapter.  9448 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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