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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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‘What is constructed can be transformed’1

‘What is constructed can be transformed’1

Chapter:
(p.393) Conclusions: ‘What is constructed can be transformed’1
Source:
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states
Author(s):

Guðný Björk Eydal

Tine Rostgaard

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.003.0019

The chapter highlights and discusses the main conclusions of the book and how it provides insight into the contemporary policies and practices of fatherhood in the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. All the Nordic countries have through policies enabled fathers to participate in the care of their children. While the overall results confirm that the goals of policies on gender equality, families and labour market are the equal rights of both parents to earn and care, structural and cultural hindrances remain that need to be recognized and defined in order to eliminate these obstacles. The volumes shows that fathers in the Nordic countries construct a variety of fatherhoods that are built on their cultural heritage and at the same time that the fathers are innovating new practices.

Keywords:   conclusions, fathers, policies, practices, Nordic countries

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