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Couples' Transitions to Parenthood

Couples' Transitions to Parenthood

Analysing Gender and Work in Europe

Edited by Daniela Grunow and Marie Evertsson

It is common for European couples living fairly egalitarian lives to adopt a traditional division of labour at the transition to parenthood. Based on in-depth interviews with 334 parents-to-be in eight European countries, this book explores the implications of family policies and gender culture from the perspective of couples who are expecting their first child. Couples’ Transitions to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe is the first comparative, qualitative study that explicitly locates couples’ parenting ideals and plans in the wider context of national institutions.

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Edited by Daniela Grunow and Marie Evertsson

Subjects: social policy and sociology, family and gender policy

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List of figures List of tables List of contributors Preface PART I CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK, COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY vii viii ix xiii 1. Institutions as reference points for parents-to-be in European societies: a theoretical and analytical framework Daniela Grunow and Gerlieke Veltkamp 2. Institutional context, family policies and women’s and men’s work outcomes in eight European welfare states Marie Evertsson 3. Comparing couples’ narratives within and across countries: research design, sampling and analysis Daniela Grunow PART II THE SCANDINAVIAN ‘ROLE MODEL’? 3 34 62 4. The crossroads of equality and biology: the child’s best interests and constructions of motherhood and fatherhood in Sweden Jenny Alsarve, Katarina Boye and Christine Roman PART III CONSERVATIVE WELFARE STATES TRANSFORMING THE BREADWINNER–HOMEMAKER MODEL 79 5. Anticipating motherhood and fatherhood: German couples’ plans for childcare and paid work 103 Anna Dechant and Annika Rinklake 6. The part-time story: Dutch couples at the life-course transition to parenthood 125 Mirjam Verweij and Maria Reimann v Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Grunow-Couples_Transitions_to_parenthood / Division: Prelims /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 13/9 JOBNAME: Grunow PAGE: 6 SESS: 6 OUTPUT: Thu Sep 22 09:53:24 2016 vi Couples’ transitions to parenthood 7. The transition to parenthood in Switzerland: between institutional constraints and gender ideologies 146 Nadia Girardin, Felix Bühlmann, Doris Hanappi, Jean-Marie Le Goff and Isabel Valarino PART IV UNSUPPORTIVE FAMILIALISM IN CRISIS 8. The best for the baby: future fathers in the shadow of maternal care in Italy Sonia Bertolini, Rosy Musumeci,...