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Politicising parenthood in ScandinaviaGender relations in welfare states$
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Anne Lise Ellingsaeter and Arnlaug Leira

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346452

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346452.001.0001

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Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

(p.1) (p.2) One Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia
Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Anne Lise Ellingsæter

Arnlaug Leira

Policy Press

This chapter takes a look at the experience of Scandinavians in balancing work and childcare. It draws upon data gathered from case studies in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, and introduces the Scandinavian model and the Scandinavian approach to gender and family modernisation. One section discusses the concept of ‘politicising parenthood’, which is used to refer to the complex processes that are used to shape the policies of parenthood. The Scandinavian view of gender equality and the relationship of the family and the welfare state are discussed. The chapter ends with a detailed overview of the proceeding chapters.

Keywords:   work, childcare, Scandinavian model, Scandinavian approach, politicising parenthood, gender equality

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