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Welfare States and Working Mothers

Welfare States and Working Mothers
The Scandinavian Experience

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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521125093

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  • What is the relationship between women and the welfare state? How do women reconcile paid work and family responsibilities? These questions are of central political concern to nearly all Western industrialised countries and have provoked considerable scholarly disagreement. In this timely book, Dr Arnlaug Leira presents both a theoretical and an empirical analysis of the relationship between women's lives, employment practices and childcare provision. Focusing upon the social construction of motherhood in Scandinavia, Arnlaug Leira shows how, contrary to common perceptions, there is no shared model of welfare policies and women's work. Instead, the position in Norway is significantly different from that in Sweden and Denmark. The author then presents an ethnographic analysis of the lives of working mothers in Norway. She details the complexity of the strategies by which women cope and support one another in combined earning and childcare in a situation where state provision is limited. Welfare States and Working Mothers will be widely read by students and specialists of sociology, social policy and administration, political science and women's studies. It will also be of interest to policy makers, social workers, teachers and nursery-school workers.

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    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521125093
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface and acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Models of motherhood
    3. Welfare states and working mothers: the Scandinavian experience
    4. The collectivisation of childcare
    5. Mothers, markets and the state
    6. Modes of mothering
    7. Carer state and carer careers
    Notes
    References
    Index.

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    Arnlaug Leira

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