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- DescriptionThis book takes a life course perspective, analysing and comparing the biographies of mothers and fathers in seven European countries in context. Based on an invative, cross-national EU study, it examines the ways in which working parents negotiate the transition to parenthood and attempt to find a 'work-life balance'. Using in-depth qualitative biographical data, the book offers a deep understanding of working parents' real lives by locating them within diverse national, workplace and family contexts. It provides rich insights into how policies and practices at the institutional level play out in individual and family lives, how they shape the decisions during both transition phases and in parents' daily experiences of juggling work and family life. It highlights some difficult and complex issues about the sustainability of contemporary working practices for bringing up children that are highly relevant in times of ecomic retrenchment.;'Transitions to parenthood in Europe' will be of interest to an academic readership at all levels of the social sciences, as well as employers, managers, trade unions and policy makers.
- Author BiographyAnn Nilsen is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway. Her extensive research experience is in areas of life course and biographical methods and transitions in the life course;Julia Brannen is Professor of Sociology of the family at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education UK. Her research interests include gender and work-family issues, intergenerational relationships and research methodology. She is co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology;Suzan Lewis is Professor of Organisational Psychology at the Department of Human Resource Management at Middlesex University Business School UK. Among her research themes are work-personal life issues, workplace practice and social policy issues. She is founder and former editor of the journal Community Work and Family.
- PublisherPolicy Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2013
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationBristol
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolicy Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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