Fathers and parental support in everyday family life : Informal support in Sweden beyond the welfare state

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Fathers and parental support in everyday family life : Informal support in Sweden beyond the welfare state
Author(s) Wissö, Therese ; Plantin, Lars
Date 2015
English abstract
Based on a qualitative study of Swedish parents with small children, this paper focuses on fathers’ access to informal support in their parenting, e.g. in the form of practical help and emotional support. The paper discusses the importance of informal social capital in parents’ everyday lives, a support that lies beyond the auspices of the welfare state. Family members play a significant role with regard to practical help with the children, whilst friends and particularly work colleagues are important sources of emotional support, as fathers share the joys and burdens of parenthood with colleagues. Discursive resources concerning involved and emotional fatherhood are thus available to the fathers interviewed in the study, and the workplace becomes an arena in which fathering practices are formed. The findings support the idea of role expansion, that having access to multiple arenas, including in this case the workplace, can serve as a positive resource for working parents.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14327182532695 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Ingenta
Host/Issue Families, Relationships and Societies;2
Volume 14
ISSN 2046-7435
Pages 267-280
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) fatherhood
social capital
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19910 (link to this page)

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