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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Minority ethnic men and fatherhood in a Danish context

Minority ethnic men and fatherhood in a Danish context

(p.209) Ten Minority ethnic men and fatherhood in a Danish context
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Anika Liversage

Policy Press

Many of the ethnic minority fathers, who live in the Nordic countries, stem from countries of origin where gender roles are complementary rather than equal. Such fathers may expect to be family breadwinners, holding positions of authority within the family. However, both the strains of migration, the existence of welfare provisions in the Nordic countries, and the challenges of establishing a life in the country of destination may - especially if ones skills are few or difficult to use - undermine such men’s abilities to be family providers. In some families, parents retain complementary gender roles, which in the dual earner societies often necessitate that fathers work long hours. Other men end up grappling with the challenges of how to be good fathers under the changed circumstances with limited success. And yet other men - or their sons, partially or fully raised in the post-migratory context - find new and sometimes more egalitarian and relationally closer ways of practicing fatherhood. In some cases, wives opt for divorce, and as children in these families mostly end up living with their mothers, the divorced fathers may be left with limited contact with their children as these grow up.

Keywords:   ethnic minorities, fatherhood, migration, gender roles

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