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Hushållsproduktion och föräldraledighet: Att städa, tvätta och laga mat - med och utan barn
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Household Production and Parental Leave : To clean, cook and wash - with and without the child (English)
Abstract [en]

When it comes to cleaning, cooking and washing, having a child means that the demand for resources increases for the household to be able to uphold the same standards with the same production methods, as at the time before having a child. At the same time one of the parents will be able to spend more time on household production during parental leave. After the parental leave there is again less time. However, the higher demand for more resources for household production largely remains.

This thesis is an attempt to combine economic theory with qualitative interviews to investigate economic production at the level of the household. The aim is to understand how households handle changed conditions for household production when a couple has a child and one of the parents is on parental leave and then when both parents again work for wages.

The empirical data show that there were two distinct categories of households. In one category the parent on parental leave combined cleaning, cooking and washing with the care of the child, while in the other category the parent avoided cleaning, cooking and washing while taking care of the child. There are both differences and similarities in how the categories handle the changed conditions for household production. The households differ as to their division of labour and the point of time of production. However, all households reallocate time to cleaning, cooking ani washing after parental leave. The households are also alike in that there is not much change in the use of household technology and methods of working in order to raise the productivity between the different situations; neither is there any difference in the inclination to buy services and goods from the market in order to save own time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2002. , 198 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 248
Keyword [en]
household production, everyday life, division of labour, parental leave, allocation of time, household work, cleaning, cooking, washing
Keyword [sv]
föräldraledighet, hushållsarbete, familjen, arbetsfördelning, hemmet, vardagslivet, tid, Sverige
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35033Local ID: 24708ISBN: 91-7373-279-6OAI: diva2:255881
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2002-03-22, Sal Elysion, Hus-T, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-08-29Bibliographically approved

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