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Expectations relating to childcare among French and Swedish families
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (CHILD)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6223-1109
2007 (English)In: Community, Work and Family, ISSN 1366-8803, E-ISSN 1469-3615, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 17-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates how policy and values interrelate concerning expectations of childcare based on 80 interviews with 40 families with young children from France and Sweden, respectively. Upbringing, learning and socialization are important expectations among French parents. The results presented here are in line with educational goals that may have been influenced by policy. The findings suggest that France may, in terms of expectations on childcare, still belong to the conservative cluster as categorized by Esping-Andersen (1990), although family policy may differ from that of, for example, Germany and Italy in the same cluster. Swedish parents stress the importance of the individual child as well as pedagogy, thus, indicating compatibility between a parental wish for the individual development of the child and an emphasis on collective care in Swedish family policy.

Abstract [es]

Este artículo investiga como la política y los valores se interrelacionan en cuanto a expectativas de cuidado de los niños. 80 entrevistas con 40 familias con niños pequeños de Francia y Suecia respectativemente indican que educación, aprendizaje y socialización son expectativas importantes entre padres franceses. Los resultados aqui presentados siguen la linea de metas educativas que pueden haber sido influidas por la política. Las conlusiones sugieren que Francia, en cuanto  a expectativas de cuidado de los niños, puede aun pertenecer al grupo conservador como clasificado por Esping-Andersen (1990), aunque la política familiar puede, por ejemplo, diferenciarse de la de Alemania e Italia en el mismo grupo.  Los padres suecos hacen  hincapié en la importancie de cada niño tanto como la pedagogía, indicando asi compatibilidad entre el deseo de los padres del desarrollo indíviduo del niños y en énfasis en colectivo cuidado en la política familiar sueca.

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Routledge , 2007. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 17-38
Keywords [en]
childcare, parental expectations, family policy, individualization, socialization, France, Sweden
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-5539DOI: 10.1080/13668800601110736Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33847304512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-5539DiVA, id: diva2:174973
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Welfare and Solidarity in Post-industrial EuropeAvailable from: 2009-02-26 Created: 2009-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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