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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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Parental leave and classed fathering practices in Norway

Parental leave and classed fathering practices in Norway

(p.121) Six Parental leave and classed fathering practices in Norway
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Berit Brandth

Elin Kvande

Policy Press

This chapter is concerned with two aspects of fathering practices in Norway. First, how they use parental leave, and second, what they do when they are home on leave, ie how they practice childcare. The analysis draws on the concept of ‘fathering practices’ developed from David Morgan’s ‘family practices’. Based on interviews with 30 couples, findings show distinct class differences in fathers’ take-up pattern of parental leave. Working class fathers are more inclined to take shorter leave with the mother home at the same time. Middle class fathers tend to take longer leave while the mother goes back to full-time work. The analysis demonstrates how fathering practices are related to their take-up patterns and thus how fathering as a practice is class related. Both classes define parental leave for fathers in ways that fit with their values; and thus it is embedded in the type of care project that parents in the different classes are practicing.

Keywords:   parental leave for fathers, class, fathering practices, care practices, Norway

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