Managing time and childcare in dual-earner families: Unforseen consequences of household strategies
2009 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 52, no 2, 162-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present article documents how dual-earner families employ different household strategies when managing time and childcare in everyday life. In particular, the focus is set on the unforeseen consequences of household strategies, that is, novel emerging problems, cultural ideals, and subjectivities. This ethnographic study of eight middle-class couples in Sweden analyzes three household strategies: delegating, alternating and multitasking. While parents apparently use these strategies to juggle the multiple demands of everyday life in a time-efficient way, they also comply with a norm of involved parenthood. Thus, when employing household strategies, the parents balance between enacting themselves as involved parents and running the risk of being understood as uninvolved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 52, no 2, 162-175 p.
Childcare, domestic work, family life, household strategies, involved parenthood, time management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16916DOI: 10.1177/0001699309104003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16916DiVA: diva2:174624