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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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(p.129) Eight Conclusions
Transitions to parenthood in Europe

Suzan Lewis

Ann Nilsen

Julia Brannen

Policy Press

The chapter summarises the discussions in the preceding chapters in a comparative framework. It highlights the importance of a life course perspective and its sensitivity to different aspects of time. It also discusses the significance of analysing cases within contextualised frameworks, and it argues that gender and social class are amongst the most important aspects to take into consideration in the analysis of the transition to parenthood. The chapter concludes with reflections on how social circumstances in the future may affect this life course transition for the younger generations, and presents different scenarios in view of a range of policy choices that can be adopted at national levels.

Keywords:   life course, time, gender, class, family policies, motherhood, fatherhood, social structure, social institutions

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