Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Arnlaug Leira

in Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346452
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303015 | DOI:
Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

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This chapter takes a look at the experience of Scandinavians in balancing work and childcare. It draws upon data gathered from case studies in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, and introduces the Scandinavian model and the Scandinavian approach to gender and family modernisation. One section discusses the concept of ‘politicising parenthood’, which is used to refer to the complex processes that are used to shape the policies of parenthood. The Scandinavian view of gender equality and the relationship of the family and the welfare state are discussed. The chapter ends with a detailed overview of the proceeding chapters.

Keywords: work; childcare; Scandinavian model; Scandinavian approach; politicising parenthood; gender equality

Chapter.  8285 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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