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Birthstrikes? Agency and Capabilities in the Reconciliation of Employment and Family
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2006 (English)In: Marriage and Family Review, ISSN 0149-4929 (electronic: 1540-9635), Vol. 39, no 3/4, 197-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to analyze women’s agency and fertility decisions in the context of policy configurations in welfare states for reconciling employment with having and caring for children and the changing aspirations and expectations for gender equality in families. Employing the concept of birthstriking, inspired by Amartaya Sen’s ideas on capabilities and agency freedom, we consider which individuals and families in the 1990s are delaying or not having children across 12 countries, representing four policy configuration models. Using household level data, we consider differences in education on the likelihood of having first child. We find the clearest birthstriking effects in societies where there are weak reconciliation policies for motherhood and employment and few protections for families with uncertain economic futures.

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The Haworth Press,Inc , 2006. Vol. 39, no 3/4, 197-227 p.
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Capabilities and agency; fertility, reconciliation of employment and family policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-45979DOI: 10.1300/J002v39n03_01OAI: diva2:370700
postdoctoral fellowship for Livia Olah by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Available from: 2010-11-17 Created: 2010-11-17 Last updated: 2010-11-18Bibliographically approved

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