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Transitions to parenthood in Europe
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Transitions to parenthood in Europe: A comparative life course perspective

Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen, and Suzan Lewis


This book takes a gendered life course perspective, analysing and comparing the biographies of men and women employed in similar public and private sector organisations across seven European countries (Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal Sweden, The Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK) who become working parents. Based on an innovative multi-layered contextual approach, this case based cross-national study examines the ways in which young men and women negotiate the transition to motherhood and fatherhood and how they manage their childcare and employment commitments. Based on in-depth biographical interv ... More

Keywords: life course, biographical interviews, transitions, parenthood, work-family, cross-national research, case studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781847428646
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Nilsen, editor

Julia Brannen, editor

Suzan Lewis, editor

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One Introduction

Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen and Suzan Lewis

Four Comparing Transitions To Motherhood Across Contexts

Ann Nilsen, Maria das Dores Siyka Kovacheva and Janet Smithson

Five Comparing transitions to fatherhood across contexts

Lars Plantin, Margareta Bäck-Wiklund, Siyka Kovacheva and Maria das Dores Guerreiro

Six Supports and constraints for parents: a gendered cross-national perspective

Janet Smithson, Suzan Lewis, Siyka Kovacheva, Laura den Dulk, Bram Peper and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes

Eight Conclusions

Suzan Lewis, Ann Nilsen and Julia Brannen

End Matter