In a new article NOVA researchers Kari Stefansen and Gunnhild R. Farstad deal with aspects of social class within the modern welfare state of Norway. The article is titled Classed parental practice in a modern welfare state: Caring for the under threes in Norway.
The article explores how universal family policy measures are understood and combined by parents in different social classes. Drawing on qualitative interviews with parents, the researchers identified two distinctly different ‘cultural models of care’. Parents more or less followed these models in their own care strategies, although some combined elements from each into hybrid strategies.
The cultural models were clearly related to class: most middle-class parents combined the different welfare state measures into a ‘tidy trajectory’ of care, while most working-class parents created a ‘sheltered space’ for care. In the paper Stefansen and Farstad discuss the significance of structural factors for these patterns of care by comparing their findings with similar research from Britain.
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Stefansen, K. & Farstad, G.R. (2010). Classed parental practices in a modern welfare state: Caring for the under threes in Norway. Critical Social Policy, 30(1):120-141