Special Issue "Family and Work: Parental Leave and Careers"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Ann-Zofie Duvander

Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: family policy; parental leave; family dynamics; gender equality; labour market participation
Guest Editor
Prof. Alison Koslowski

School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Interests: labor market; family policy; fathers and fatherhood; gender; parental leaves

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The intersection between parental leave and career trajectories is a crucial dimension for understanding gendered life courses.  In part, self-perpetuating gendered understandings of career trajectories may explain the strongly gendered patterns that persist with regard to parental leave taking: Fathers usually take a much lower proportion of leave than mothers. How decisions around leave taking are made and their consequences vary substantially between mothers and fathers, and also between contexts and across time. Opportunities for taking leave available in the workplace also vary substantially between mothers and fathers, and also between contexts and across time. In this special issue, we aim to broaden and deepen our understanding of the relationship between taking parental leave and careers and occupations, for both mothers and fathers. We therefore welcome empirical contributions with a focus on such aspects as gender equality, the workplace perspective, couple interactions over leave, and career decisions.

We welcome a range of empirical contributions from specific countries and contexts but also comparative analyses, and also those contributions, which take into account the variation across groups of parents (e.g., by socio-economic group, gender, ethnicity, disability, age).

Prof. Ann-Zofie Duvander
Prof. Alison Koslowski
Guest Editors

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  • parental leave
  • career trajectories
  • workplace

Published Papers

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