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Michael Rush

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091896

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091896.001.0001

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The Swedish Model

The Swedish Model

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(p.46) 3 The Swedish Model
Between Two Worlds of Father Politics

Michael Rush

Manchester University Press

Chapter three illustrates that the canon of Swedish and Nordic literature on the politicization of fatherhood and the development of father-friendly social policies remained is an expanding field of study. Chapter three pays particular attention to the historical context of parental leave development and to the important roles of Nordic epistemology and government commissions in dismantling patriarchy and promoting gender equality over the course of the 20th century Chapter three also focuses on child support enforcement as an early 20th century enterprise in Sweden, which was roundly rejected from the mid-1970s as being overly stigmatizing towards non-resident fathers, single-mothers and their children. Instead, chapter three shows that Sweden and Norway moved towards principles of joint-custody, shared parenting and individualization of child support payments and housing allowances.

Keywords:   Parental leave, father-friendly social policies, government commissions, de-patriarchalisation, shared parenting, the Stockholm marriages

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