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Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective

Gabrielle Meagher and Marta Szebehely

in Changing Social Equality

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426604
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.003.0005
Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective

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This chapter examines what effects different childcare models — and changes therein — have for gender and class equality, as well as between different ethnic groups. The analysis focuses on childcare services and financial benefits, especially care allowances offered in lieu of a publicly funded childcare place. The chapter finds that home care allowances may reinforce traditional gendered divisions of labour, under-use of childcare services and low female employment amongst immigrants from non-Western countries. The study finds that some equality achievements of certain Nordic countries have been consolidated over the last two decades.

Keywords: childcare models; social services; egalitarian family policy; home care allowance; gender equality; class differences; equality; ethnic groups

Chapter.  12391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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