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Who should work and who should care?: attitudes towards the desirable division of labour between mothers and fathers in five European countries
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2016 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 59, no 2, 151-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we study attitudes towards the gendered division of paid and unpaid work from a comparative perspective. Based on the notion that political institutions are important in structuring individuals’ orientations, five countries with different family policy arrangements are included in the analysis: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Previous comparative attitude research has a strong bias towards public opinion about women’s employment, while research on attitudes towards men’s participation in care work is rare. Drawing on data from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) 2012, we use latent class analysis to explore public opinion about: (a) how parents should divide the responsibilities of economic provision and unpaid work; and (b) whether and how parents should divide paid parental leave between them. The strongest support for a traditional organization of work and care is found in Poland, while the strongest support for an equal sharing of work and care responsibilities is found in Sweden. Among the Nordic countries, results differ. While those holding non-traditional ideals in Denmark and Finland emphasize the importance of full-time work for both parents, non-traditional Swedes instead emphasize that both parents should cut back their work hours and thereby share the responsibility for earning and caring in the family.

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2016. Vol. 59, no 2, 151-169 p.
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Attitudes, gendered division of labour, family policy, cross-country comparative, latent class analysis, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118620DOI: 10.1177/0001699316631024ISI: 000374493900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-118620DiVA: diva2:914586
Available from: 2016-03-24 Created: 2016-03-24 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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