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Changing Social EqualityThe Nordic Welfare Model in the 21st Century$
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Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjorn Hvinden, and Olli Kangas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426604

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.001.0001

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Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective

Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective

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(p.89) Five Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective
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Changing Social Equality
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Gabrielle Meagher

Marta Szebehely

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.003.0005

This chapter examines what effects different childcare models — and changes therein — have for gender and class equality, as well as between different ethnic groups. The analysis focuses on childcare services and financial benefits, especially care allowances offered in lieu of a publicly funded childcare place. The chapter finds that home care allowances may reinforce traditional gendered divisions of labour, under-use of childcare services and low female employment amongst immigrants from non-Western countries. The study finds that some equality achievements of certain Nordic countries have been consolidated over the last two decades.

Keywords:   childcare models, social services, egalitarian family policy, home care allowance, gender equality, class differences, equality, ethnic groups

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