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The mass entry of women into the labor market, the decline of the male breadwinner norm and the rise of the dual-earner family have all profoundly transformed the societies of the Western industrialized world. This book argues that childcare has become increasingly "defamilized" or collectivized as mothers have joined the labor market, causing significant impact on welfare policies. As a result, the complex relationship between family change and policy reform calls for a rethinking of the relationship between the welfare state, labor markets and working parents. Rather than concentrating on the changing models of motherhood, Leira advocates the need to consider the effects of the gendered division of work and welfare on fathers' opportunities to be supported as carers for children.Read more
- Innovative study considering the effect of welfare policy on fathers' opportunities to be child-carers
- Draws on comparative material from the Nordic states
- An interesting topic in a burgeoning area of research
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"[Leira] makes an interesting distinction between the longstanding 'right' of the father t o'opt-out' of child-caring responsibilities against the equally long-standing tradition of mothers not having a right to exercise." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
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- Date Published: June 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521144971
- length: 192 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: changes in the social order
2. Politicising childcare
3. Work, family and the welfare state: problems of reconciliation
4. Parental leave: childcare refamilised
5. From mother's wage to parental choice: cash benefits for childcare
6. Childcare as a social right: family change and policy reform.
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