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Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality

Fathers on Leave Alone

Editors: O'Brien, Margaret, Wall, Karin (Eds.)

  • This open access book provides an international perspective on fathers who take parental leave alone Raises important issues on modernization of the life course and the family in contemporary societies
     
    Provides an understanding on the impact in social and policy context
     
    Provides a comparison on countries which have introduced generous fully-compensated leave entitlements for fathers

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This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license.

This book portrays men’s experiences of home alone leave and how it affects their lives and family gender roles in different policy contexts and explores how this unique parental leave design is implemented in these contrasting policy regimes.   The book brings together three major theoretical strands: social policy, in particular the literature on comparative leave policy developments; family and gender studies, in particular the analysis of gendered divisions of work and care and recent shifts in parenting and work-family balance; critical studies of men and masculinities, with a specific focus on fathers and fathering in contemporary western societies and life-courses. Drawing on empirical data from in-depth interviews with fathers across eleven countries, the book shows that the experiences and social processes associated with fathers’ home alone leave involve a diversity of trends, revealing both innovations and absence of change, including pluralization as well as the constraining influence of policy, gender, and social context.   As a theoretical and empirical book it raises important issues on modernization of the life course and the family in contemporary societies. The book will be of particular interest to scholars in comparing western societies and welfare states as well as to scholars seeking to understand changing work-life policies and family life in societies with different social and historical pathways. 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Fathers on Leave Alone: Setting the Scene

    O’Brien, Margaret (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • The Ethics of Care and the Radical Potential of Fathers ‘Home Alone on Leave’: Care as Practice, Relational Ontology, and Social Justice

    Doucet, Andrea

    Pages 11-28

  • Fathers on Leave Alone in Norway: Changes and Continuities

    Kvande, Elin (et al.)

    Pages 29-44

  • Fathers on Leave Alone in Portugal: Lived Experiences and Impact of Forerunner Fathers

    Wall, Karin (et al.)

    Pages 45-67

  • Fathers on Leave Alone in Quebec (Canada): The Case of Innovative, Subversive and Activist Fathers!

    Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle (et al.)

    Pages 69-87

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-42970-0
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-42968-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality
Book Subtitle
Fathers on Leave Alone
Editors
  • Margaret O'Brien
  • Karin Wall
Series Title
Life Course Research and Social Policies
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42970-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42970-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42968-7
Series ISSN
2211-7776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 266
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics