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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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accounts, individual 10, 62–4, 67, 70 action 11, 12, 180 adaptation 14, 175, 177, 271, 273 adaptive preferences 14, 201, 205, 217, 287–8 agency 12, 14, 271, 273, 285, 288 age of parents-to-be 73, 81, 106, 128, 196 antenatal classes 180–81 anxiety 176, 177 Baaijens, C. 141 Baldauf, B. 284 bargaining, collective 45 bargaining, economic 16 Batchelder, L. 284 bathing the child 163, 202–3, 278 Becker, G.S. 16, 289 Begall, K. 127 Behle, H. 284 beliefs, widespread societal 7 belief systems, cultural 18 Bergman, H. 15 Bismarckian model 37, 271 Blood, R.O. 289 bonding 230, 239 between father and baby 133, 179, 180, 278–9, 291 between mother and baby 90–91, 97, 108, 119, 134–5, 181, 199, 229, 230, 231, 238, 239 Bonke, J. 9 bottle-feeding 200, 201, 275 breadwinner–homemaker family model 6, 23, 36, 146 breadwinner, male 6, 15, 23, 36, 272, 279, 289 Czech Republic 255, 261 Germany 103, 104 Italy 193 Netherlands 45, 142, 143 Spain 196 Switzerland 158 breastfeeding 11, 275, 279–80 in Germany 107–8, 111, 114, 119, 120 in Italy 183 in the Netherlands 134 in Poland 228–30, 238, 239 in Spain 52, 53, 198, 200, 201–2, 215, 217 in Sweden 82–3, 91–2, 97 in Switzerland 51, 162 WHO advice 292 breastfeeding breaks 280 breastfeeding leave 206, 215 Brembeck, H. 94 capability 12 care 9, 11, 12, 16 Italy 184 lack of good enough alternatives 14 men 22, 23, 24, 25, 127...