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Grandparenting Practices around the World$
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Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340645

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.001.0001

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Grandparental childcare: a reconceptualisation of family policy regimes

Grandparental childcare: a reconceptualisation of family policy regimes

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(p.43) Three Grandparental childcare: a reconceptualisation of family policy regimes
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Debora Price

Eloi Ribe

Giorgio Di Gessa

Karen Glaser

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0003

In this chapter we argue that to understand the ways that policy, structure and culture all shape how grandmothers help to care for children, we need to re-think our approach to these issues. We need in particular to think about policies in terms of how they impact on mothers and grandmothers simultaneously, providing different and complex incentives and opportunities in each generation. This leads us to conceptualise childcare as something that is organised in the wider family, and to think of family care versus formal care when considering the wider impacts on individuals and society, rather than focussing on maternal versus non-maternal childcare. It also necessitates thinking about how cultures of gender, family and paid work might be influencing family-level discussions and negotiations. We show that conceptualising childcare as a family collaboration framed by policy and culture helps to explain substantial variations in grandmaternal childcare across Europe..

Keywords:   Grandparents, Grandmothers, Family, Childcare, Family policy regimes, Generations, Intergenerational care, Paid work, Gender, Europe

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