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Designing Parental Leave Policy

The Norway Model and the Changing Face of Fatherhood

By Berit Brandth and Elin Kvande

Published

9 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529201574

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

9 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529201604

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    Nordic countries lead the way in facilitating better work-family integration through their design of parental leave policies that encourage men towards life courses with greater care responsibilities.

    Based on original research, this compelling book offers a novel analysis of the everyday parental practices of fathers and parents in Norway as a way of understanding the workings of labour market and welfare policies, whilst considering how migrant fathers might relate to the expectations such laws generate. The authors showcase how this style of men’s care work constitutes a re-gendering of men by promoting ‘caring masculinities’.

    Elin Kvande is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Her research interests include dynamics and change in gender relations in organizations, welfare state policies and fathers' use of care policies.

    Berit Brandth is Professor Emerita at Department of Sociology and Political Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her main areas of interest include work, family and care policies with a special focus on fathering and parental leave, as well as rural gender studies.

    Introduction

    Part 1: The importance of leave design

    Fathers’ sense of entitlement to ear-marked and shared parental leave

    Decomposing policy design: outsider-within perspectives

    Flexible use of the father’s quota: Problems and possibilities

    Part 2: Caregiving – fathers in transition

    Masculinity and child care

    Home alone on leave or with the mother present

    Fathers experiencing solo leave: Change and Continuities

    Immigrant fathers framing parental leave and caregiving

    Part 3: Balancing work and care

    Changing fathers and work–life boundary setting

    Negotiating parental leave and working life

    Workplace support of fathers’ parental leave use

    Managers: Irreplaceable in caregiving and replaceable at work

    Conclusions: Change in policies, fathers’ caregiving and the ideal-worker norm