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Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states

Thomas P. Boje

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/9781861346452.003.0009
Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states

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This chapter presents a comparison of Denmark and Sweden with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These countries have different work cultures and family policy systems, and the variation in the employment level and working-time strategies of parents shows social differences among groups of women. It discusses how the choices of work/care strategies can be explained by the different childcare policies. It then studies the subjective experience of work/family conflicts of parents, as well as the discrepancies between actual and preferred working times. The chapter ends with a section on the implications for gender equality of different strategies in organising working time and care.

Keywords: work cultures; family policy systems; work/care strategies; childcare policies; work/family conflicts; Denmark; Sweden; Netherlands; United Kingdom

Chapter.  8444 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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