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Negotiating Parenting Support: Welfare Politics in Sweden between the 1960s and the 2000s
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1716-5859
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7553-5788
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Social Policy and Society, ISSN 1474-7464, E-ISSN 1475-3073, Vol. 11, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Parent education surfaced as a political question in Sweden in the 1960s and support for parents has since remained on the political agenda. Despite different views on the ideal relationship between the welfare state, the family and children, support for parents has been advocated by parties from all over the political spectrum. By tracing the political debate, this article addresses the question of how the notion of support for parents was adapted to different political ideas, ideologies and ways of defining the relationship between state, family and children from the 1960s until the 2000s in Sweden. We analyse the arguments that different political parties offered and the varying meanings attributed to terms like ‘parent education’ (föräldrautbildning) and ‘parenting support’ (föräldrastöd) during three different phases in the transformation of the Swedish welfare state: the final period of its expansion in the 1960s and 1970s; the economic crisis and retrenchments of welfare services in the 1990s; and the era of individual responsibility in the 2000s. Support for parents has been actualised as a solution to different social and political problems and the notions of parent education and parenting support have proven the capacity to accommodate different political ideas, ideologies and visions.

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Cambridge University Press, 2018. Vol. 11, p. 1-12
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145286DOI: 10.1017/s1474746417000574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145286DiVA, id: diva2:1184211
Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-02-20 Last updated: 2018-02-21Bibliographically approved

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