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Nordic men on parental leave: can the welfare state change gender relations?

Johanna Lammi-Taskula

in Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346452
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346452.003.0004
Nordic men on parental leave: can the welfare state change gender relations?

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This chapter addresses the question: what is the likelihood of changing gender relations with the help of welfare policies such as parental leave? The chapter is concerned with the politicising of fatherhood, and compares the current entitlements of fathers for taking parental leave in five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark). It then uses a review of Nordic studies to examine the socioeconomic and cultural conditions that are affecting the take-up of leave possibilities. It also considers negotiations of gender relations in the daily life of families and workplaces.

Keywords: gender relations; welfare policies; parental leave; Nordic studies; socioeconomic conditions; cultural conditions; negotiations

Chapter.  8640 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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