Transitions to Parenthood in Europe

A Comparative Life Course Perspective

Edited by Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen, and Suzan Lewis

Transitions to Parenthood in Europe

Edited by Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen, and Suzan Lewis

Distributed for Bristol University Press

166 pages | 15 figures, 6 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847428639 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781847428646 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Transitions to Parenthood in Europe analyzes and compares the biographies of mothers and fathers in seven European countries. Focusing on how working people negotiate the transition into parenthood—and the work-life balances it requires—the contributors provide an in-depth understanding of working parents’ real lives within a diverse set of national, workplace, and family contexts. With rich insights into how institutional policy and practices affect individuals and families, it highlights pertinent and sometimes challenging issues regarding the sustainability of contemporary lifestyles as people try to create a healthy, supportive home.
List of tables and figures
Notes on contributors

1. Introduction
      Ann Nilsen, Julia Brannen and Suzan Lewis
2. Cross-national comparisons: the history–biography link
      Ann Nilsen
3. Methodological approaches, practices and reflections
      Julia Brannen and Ann Nilsen
4. Comparing transitions to motherhood across contexts
      Ann Nilsen, Maria das Dores Guerreiro, Siyka Kovacheva and Janet Smithson
5. Comparing transitions to fatherhood across contexts
      Lars Plantin, Margareta Bäck-Wiklund, Siyka Kovacheva and Maria das Dores Guerreiro
6. Supports and constraints for parents: a gendered cross-national perspective
      Janet Smithson, Suzan Lewis, Siyka Kovacheva, Laura den Dulk, Bram Peper and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes
7. Being a working parent in the present: case comparisons in time and place
      Julia Brannen and Nevenka Sadar Cernigoj
8. Conclusions
      Suzan Lewis, Ann Nilsen and Julia Brannen

Review Quotes
David Morgan, Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, Un

"This collaborative study provides a subtle and multi-layered understanding of the transition to parenthood within a cross-national comparative framework. Here is a study which is heartily recommended not only to researchers and students of family and social policy but also to those interested in the practice and promise of comparative analysis."

“very insightful . . . crucial to understanding the phenomenon of working parenthood . . . underlines the potential positive effects of the economic downturn.”
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