Fatherhood, gender equality and care practices in Italy and Denmark

Maria Letizia Bosoni, Allan Westerling

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Abstract

A growing scientific literature suggests changes in fatherhood. However, the extent to
which this indicates a shift away from male breadwinner model is under debate across Europe. Thus, it is interesting to reflect on how paternal practices and gender models are evolving. This contribution will address the debate about fatherhood and gender roles by comparing two countries, Italy and Denmark, marked by relevant differences in terms of policies and practices related to fatherhood and childcare. Yet both countries are still facing the work and family balance issue. The question addressed in the chapter, by reviewing policies and secondary data analysis, will be:
How are current political agendas and welfare services aimed at changing care patterns and gender equality in family life, and how are these policies and provisions transforming fatherhood and fathering practices? How are these new practices challenging and challenged by traditional gender norms and practices? Which trends can be identified?
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudi di Sociologia
Volume56
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages13
ISSN0039-291X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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