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Competing Scenarios for European Fathers: Applying Sen's Capabilities and Agency Framework to Work-Family Balance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (English)In: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, ISSN 0002-7162, E-ISSN 1552-3349, Vol. 624, no 1, 214-233 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

European policy and discourse create crosscurrents for fathers:the promotion of work-family balance (WFB) and more involvedfathering versus work-focused competitiveness and productivitygoals in globalized economies. Using Amartya Sen's capabilitiesand agency paradigm, the authors provide a theoretical frameworkfor analyzing agency inequalities in WFB: the disjuncture betweennorms/values and practices and between policies and fathers'capabilities to exercise them. The authors apply the capabilityframework to comparative European data considering working timesand desired working times, flexibility and autonomy in employment,as well as perceptions of economic security and job security.The authors find differences in fathers' capabilities and agencyfor WFB across countries representing different welfare regimeconfigurations, most strikingly between old and new EU memberstates. The majority of the European fathers wanted to reduceworking hours substantially despite possible reductions in pay,underscoring the value of the capabilities framework for understandingpotential freedoms for achieving WFB.

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Sage Publications , 2009. Vol. 624, no 1, 214-233 p.
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work-family balance, welfare regimes, working times, fathers, Amartya Sen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34843DOI: 10.1177/0002716209334435ISI: 000266765100013OAI: diva2:285740
Available from: 2010-01-12 Created: 2010-01-12 Last updated: 2015-09-10Bibliographically approved

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