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Childbearing, women's employment and work-life balance policies in contemporary Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics.
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This volume addresses the tensions between work and welfare with respect to fertility. Focusing on childbearing choices (intentions, desires) as influential predictors of future fertility, the contributors examine the importance of labour force attachment on young women's fertility plans in the context of increased labour market flexibility and differences in work-life balance policies across Europe in the early 21st century. Both high- and low-fertility societies of different welfare regimes are studied, illuminating processes of uncertainty and risk related to insecure labour force attachment and the incoherence effect in terms of women's and men's equal access to education and employment but unequal share of domestic responsibilities, constraining fertility. The synthesis of the findings shows how childbearing choices in relation to uncertainty, risk and incoherence offer a lens for understanding the capabilities of families to have and care for children in contemporary Europe. This volume contributes to the conceptual development of further research on the complex relationship between fertility, paid work and work-life balance policies.

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Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. , 240 p.
, Work and welfare in Europe
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociological Demography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94821ISBN: 9780230320888OAI: diva2:656221
Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2013-10-15Bibliographically approved

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