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Transitions to parenthood in EuropeA comparative life course perspective$
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Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen, and Suzan Lewis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428646

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428646.001.0001

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Being A Working Parent In the Present: Case Comparisons In Time and Place

Being A Working Parent In the Present: Case Comparisons In Time and Place

(p.107) Seven Being A Working Parent In the Present: Case Comparisons In Time and Place
Transitions to parenthood in Europe

Julia Brannen

Nevenka Sadar Ĉernigoj

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The chapter moves from the cross thematic approach of Chapter 6 to a case approach. It compares experiences of parents working in the same occupations within the same types of workplace across the different national contexts and examines the complex of resources (public policy, workplace practices, community and family resources) available to mothers and fathers. It focuses on mothers in care work and fathers in higher status jobs in the private sector. It echoes many of the findings in chapter 6 but through its comparative case approach and also by adopting a temporal lens focusing upon the experience of time and the 'time squeeze', it shows how in a particular context one resource such as having access to intergenerational support for childcare can make all the difference, while in another context without that support being a working parent may feel more pressured despite generous support being available from public policy.

Keywords:   time, time squeeze, fathers, mothers, comparative, case, childcare, work, work

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