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Introduction

Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen and Suzan Lewis

in Transitions to parenthood in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428646
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428646.003.0001
Introduction

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The chapter introduces the study and the main topics addressed. The discussion focuses on research on the transition to motherhood and fatherhood and the ways in which these life course transitions intersect with other life course transitions. The chapter highlights the comparative multi-layered case study design. The importance and uniqueness of the design and the life course perspective is outlined. The chapter presents the design of the book and highlights the rationale for discussing the life course perspective as an overarching theoretical framework in a separate chapter (2). The complex methodological design also merits a separate chapter (3), and the comparative cross-national analysis in the empirical chapters adds analytical strength to the discussions and demonstrates the usefulness of the methodology.

Keywords: Life course; biographical interviews; transitions; parenthood; work-family; cross-national research; case studies; social inequalities

Chapter.  3453 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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