Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare States

Comparing Care Policies and Practice

Edited by Guöný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare States

Edited by Guöný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

352 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447310471 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The Nordic countries are known worldwide for their extensive welfare system and gender equality, which enables both parents to hold jobs, earn money, and care for their children. In this volume, scholars from the Nordic countries, as well as from the United States and the UK, explore the effects of these policies on fatherhood, and how the policies that support it contribute to shaping and influencing the image, role, and practice of fathers in a diversity of family settings.

One: Introduction

   ~ Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Theme 1: Fathers, families and family policies

Two: Fathering: the influence of ideational factors for male fertility behaviour

   ~ Tine Rostgaard and Rasmus Juul Møberg

Three: Nordic family law: new framework – new fatherhoods

   ~ Hrefna Friðriksdóttir

Four: Fathers’ rights to family cash benefits in Nordic countries

   ~ Mia Hakovirta, Anita Haataja, Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Theme 2: Fathers in everyday life – culture, work and care

Five: Time use of Finnish fathers – do institutions matter?

   ~ Minna Ylikännö, Hannu Pääkkönen and Mia Hakovirta

Six: Parental leave and classed fathering practices in Norway

   ~ Berit Brandth and Elin Kvande

Seven: Negotiating leave in the workplace: leave practices and masculinity constructions among Danish fathers

   ~ Lotte Bloksgaard

Eight: Gender regime, attitudes towards childcare and actual involvement in childcare among fathers

   ~ Mikael Nordenmark

Theme 3: Constructing fatherhood in different family settings

Nine: Fathering as a learning process: breaking new ground in familiar territory

   ~ Steen Baagøe Nielsen and Allan Westerling

Ten: Minority ethnic men and fatherhood in a Danish context

   ~ Anika Liversage

Eleven: Making space for fatherhood in gay men’s lives in Norway

   ~ Arnfinn J. Andersen

Twelve: The long-term impacts of early paternal involvement in childcare in Denmark: what happens after nuclear family dissolution

   ~ Mai Heide Ottosen

Theme 4: Caring fathers and paid parental leave policies

Thirteen: The coming and going of the father’s quota in Denmark: consequences for fathers’ parental leave take-up

   ~ Tine Rostgaard and Mette Lausten

Fourteen: Policy goals and obstacles for fathers’ parental leave in Finland

   ~ Minna Salmi and Johanna Lammi-Taskula

Fifteen: Caring fathers and parental leave in prosperous times and times of crisis: the case of Iceland

   ~ Guðný Björk Eydal and Ingólfur V. Gíslason

Sixteen: Parental leave use for different fathers: a study of the impact of three Swedish parental leave reforms

   ~ Ann-Zofie Duvander and Mats Johansson

Theme 5: International reflections on findings

Seventeen: Parental leave and fathers: extending and deepening the knowledge base

   ~ Janet Gornick

Eighteen: Nordic fathers: tracking diversity and complexity

   ~ Margaret O’Brien

Conclusions: ‘What is constructed can be transformed’

   ~ Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Review Quotes
Ann Orloff, Northwestern University
“This comprehensive volume provides rich and theoretically grounded empirical analyses of Nordic policies and practices.”
Peter Moss, Institute of Education, University of London
"A fascinating, wide-ranging, and critical look at fatherhood in the Nordic world, covering home, work, and social policy, addressing growing diversity in these countries and celebrating a vibrant research scene.”
NIKK: Nordic Information on Gender (Sweden)
“At a time with a strong political focus on the falling birth rates, the book underscores the importance of men’s attitudes when attempting to understand what determines fertility rates.”
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