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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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Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states

Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states

(p.195) Nine Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states
Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Thomas P. Boje

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This chapter presents a comparison of Denmark and Sweden with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These countries have different work cultures and family policy systems, and the variation in the employment level and working-time strategies of parents shows social differences among groups of women. It discusses how the choices of work/care strategies can be explained by the different childcare policies. It then studies the subjective experience of work/family conflicts of parents, as well as the discrepancies between actual and preferred working times. The chapter ends with a section on the implications for gender equality of different strategies in organising working time and care.

Keywords:   work cultures, family policy systems, work/care strategies, childcare policies, work/family conflicts, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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