Fathers, Childcare and Work: Cultures, Practices and Policies (2018). R. Musumeci and A. Santero (Eds). Bradford: Emerald Publishing Limited.

The work-life balance of fathers has increasingly come under scrutiny in political and academic debates. This collection brings together qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses to explore fathers’ approaches to reconciling paid work and care responsibilities. Taking a global perspective, contributors explore how fathers realize and represent their gendered work-care balance and how enterprises and experts, in country specific institutional context, provide formal and informal resources, constrains, expectations and social norms that shape their practices. Chapters explore how fathers from different social and economic backgrounds fullfil their roles both within the family and in the workplace, and what support they rely on in combining these roles. Further, the collection explores an area of research that has been little investigated: the role played by organizational cultures and experts (such as obstetricians, gynaecologists, paediatricians and psychologists) in shaping notions of ‘good’ fatherhood and fathering, to which individuals are required to confirm, and to which they, variously, comply or resist.

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El pasado 22 de febrero participamos en el programa vespertino “La buena tarde” de la Radio Televisión del Principado de Asturias (RTPA) para hablar de la desigualdad entre mujeres y hombres en los cuidados. ¿Por qué los hombres dedican menos tiempo a cuidar? ¿Qué consecuencias tiene sobre las carreras profesionales de las mujeres?


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20 feb 2018


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Lowest-Low and Latest-Late Fertility: Here to Stay? An Examination of the 2017 Fertility Survey.

(2018 – 2021)

Financed by the National Plan for Scientific Research of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ref. CS02017-89397-R).

Participating entities: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); UNED; UCM; UPNA; U.República Uruguay.

Project leaders: Teresa Martín–García and Teresa Castro-Martín.

Researchers: Wanda Cabella, Julia Cordero, Maria Dardoumpa, Tatiana Eremenko, Amparo González, Irene Lapuerta, Ignacio Pardo, Marta Seiz, Inma Serrano.


This project aims to analyze in depth the reproductive patterns of women and men in Spain in a social context characterized by late residential and economic emancipation of young people, a higher educational level of women than men in the most recent cohorts, broad job precariousness and uncertainty about the future, significant cultural diversification linked to immigration, and scarce defamiliarization of care. In addition to a detailed description of recent changes and emerging patterns, the project aims to identify the causal factors underlying the pattern of differentiated fertility observed in Spain, and generally in southern Europe, compared to northern Europe.

The contrast between northern and southern Europe will serve as a reference framework for interpreting recent developments, diagnosing the present situation and predicting the future trajectory of fertility. The ultimate aim of the project is to determine whether the current Mediterranean reproductive pattern –based on an unfavorable economic and labor situation, a scarce welfare regime and gender relations that are still not very egalitarian– is a transient historical anomaly or if it is here to stay. In the last case, which responds to a regional logic of its own and questions many of the classical assumptions of demographic theories of fertility.

The originality of this scientific proposal rests on how the topic will be assessed: a) integrating a life course, gender and social stratification approach; b) analyzing the intersection of reproductive biographies with the conjugal, educational, and labor biographies of individuals; c) prioritizing a comparative perspective, analyzing jointly the INE Fertility Survey 2017 and the Generations and Gender Surveys of other European countries; d) incorporating both women and men into the analysis; e) applying event history analysis as statistical tool and f) integrating a micro and macro perspective through multi–level analysis (regions and countries).

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21 dic 2017

Families in the 21st century

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Families in the 21st century. Gosta Esping-Andersen. SNS Förlag 2016




Executive summary


Chapter 1.- The return of the family

Chapter 2.- Gender Egalitarianism and Family Revival

Chapter 3.- Inequalities and Children’s Life Chances




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There are large differences between the lives of women and men in Europe, but there are also similarities. The new digital publication The life of women and men in Europe —a statistical portrait aims at comparing women and men in their daily lives. It also shows how similar or different the everyday life of women and men is in European countries.

This digital publication containing short texts, interactive visualisation tools, infographics, photos, etc. has been developed by Eurostat in collaboration with the National Statistical Institutes of the EU Member States and the EFTA countries and is available in most of their official languages.
For the English version, go here
For the Spanish one, go here

We are looking forward to attending the conference “Changing Gender Inequalities, Changing Families?”, which will be held in Leuven, Belgium, on 7-8 December 2017.

Our talk will focus on the relationship between education and men’s involvement in homework and child care. In particular, we will present a joint paper entitled Studying Care, Doing Care: Does Type of Education Affect Men’s Involvement in Unpaid Work? A Comparison between Norway, Austria and Poland. Among the vast literature on the gender division of unpaid work and the so-called “new fathers”, it is a consolidated evidence that not only her but also his level of education matter. However, although shown relevant for other behaviors such as first union or first child, to the best of our knowledge no study has so far examined the role of type of education for men’s share of domestic and care work. By drawing from the Generation and Gender Survey and by comparing three countries (Norway, Austria and Poland) with distinctive cultural and institutional settings, in this paper we focus on couples with young children and we explore whether, controlling for his and her level of education and labor market position, there is a higher time involvement in unpaid work among men trained in fields in which a large majority of students are women and where traditional stereotypical female qualities prevail such as those concerned with the care of individuals and/or which emphasize interpersonal skills compared to those in male-dominated technical fields.

This conference will be the closing event of the interesting project “Implications of the Shifting Gender Balance in Education for Reproductive Behaviour in Europe” (GENDERBALL), funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. The conference will take place at the Faculty Club in Leuven and currently there are about 50 confirmed participants from Europe and North America.

We thank Jan Van Bavel, principal investigator of the project, for this invitation.




Decolonizing Masculinities: (Re)configuring Bodies, Affects and Politics

International Workshop

November 16th and 17th, 2017


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This Special Collection of Demographic Research – edited by Trude Lappegård, Frances Goldscheider and Eva Bernhardt – “brings together new knowledge about the tight linkage between two halves of the gender revolution; i.e. women’s increase in labor market participation and men’s greater engagement in the private sphere. The collection illuminates the history and determinants of the changes in gendered labor force participation as well as their consequences for how couples organize their economic and family lives. There is a gap between equal sharing of economic and domestic responsibilities in most countries. Cross-national analyses demonstrate that structural differences – arising from public policies and economic forces that shape couples’ choices – are of greater importance than ideological differences. In addition, the collection shows the importance of employing a wide range of lenses through which to study such a massive phenomenon, including detailed case studies and multi-level comparative studies.”


Introduction to the Special Collection on Finding Work-Life Balance: History, Determinants, and Consequences of New Bread-Winning Models in the Industrialized World

Trude Lappegård, Eva Bernhardt, Frances Goldscheider

Volume: 37 Article ID: 26 Pages: 853–866
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.26

Introduction to the Special Collection on Finding Work-Life Balance: History, Determinants, and Consequences of New Bread-Winning Models in the Industrialized World

Trude Lappegård, Eva Bernhardt, Frances Goldscheider

Volume: 37 Article ID: 26 Pages: 853–866
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.26

The forest and the trees: Industrialization, demographic change, and the ongoing gender revolution in Sweden and the United States, 1870-2010

Maria Stanfors, Frances Goldscheider

Volume: 36 Article ID: 6 Pages: 173–226
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.36.6

Who brings home the bacon? The influence of context on partners’ contributions to the household income

Agnese Vitali, Bruno Arpino

Volume: 35 Article ID: 41 Pages: 1213–1244
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.41


Family migration in a cross-national perspective: The importance of institutional and cultural context

Sergi Vidal, Francisco Perales, Philipp M. Lersch, Maria Brandén

Volume: 36 Article ID: 10 Pages: 307–338
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.36.10


Equality at home – A question of career? Housework, norms, and policies in a European comparative perspective

Susanne Fahlén

Volume: 35 Article ID: 48 Pages: 1411–1440
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.48


Division of housework and his and her view of housework fairness: A typology of Swedish couples

Leah Ruppanner, Eva Bernhardt, Maria Brandén

Volume: 36 Article ID: 16 Pages: 501–524
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.36.16

Recientemente se han publicado dos trabajos muy interesantes sobre el nuevo rol de los hombres en la dinámica familiar para el caso español. Uno en Journal of Family Issues sobre cómo algunas parejas consiguen mantener un reparto 60/40 en las tareas domésticas después del nacimiento de la primera criatura y otro en Community, Work & Family sobre las posibilidades percibidas por los varones de pedir reducción de jornada en su empresa. Ambas investigaciones se han desarrollado en el marco de los proyectos TransParent e Implica.

Os dejamos aquí el contenido y el link por si queréis echarles un vistazo.

Against the Odds? Keeping a Nontraditional Division of Domestic Work After First Parenthood in Spain. Marta Dominguez-Folgueras, Teresa Jurado-Guerrero, and Carmen Botía-Morillas

This article analyzes changes in the division of routine domestic work after first parenthood. We wanted to know whether and how it was possible for couples to resist the trend toward traditionalization that has been shown in the literature. To do so, we analyze semistructured interviews with 27 Spanish couples who were expecting their first child in 2011 and interviewed them again in 2013. The couples were selectedfrom a bigger sample because of their nontraditional practices preparenthood. Our results show that 17 of them were able to maintain a nontraditional division of domestic work, whereas 10 traditionalized. In our analysis, relative resources and time availability did not sufficiently explain the changes in the division of work, but specific characteristics of the division of work before childbirth—men’s active participation, the routinization of tasks, and flexible standards—emerged as key factors to resist the trend toward more traditional arrangements.

If you dare to ask: self-perceived possibilities of Spanish fathers to reduce work hours. Irina Fernández-Lozano

Time scarcity is a reality for most mothers and fathers of young children who work full-time. Though the Spanish law recognizes a specific right to a reduced schedule for care reasons, fathers very rarely make use of this policy. Many of them simply think that, in their current employment circumstances, they ‘can’t’ cut down on work hours. This analysis focuses on the subjective perception that employees have of their difficulty to reduce work hours. Using a nationally representative sample of Spanish employees in charge of young children, and drawing on intersectionality perspectives, we propose that several stratification systems (e.g. gender and economic structure) overlap framing the subjective experience of how easy or difficult it is to adopt a reduced schedule. We confirm that fathers in middle-level service occupations (e.g. clerical workers) may be those most likely to be ‘undoing gender’ at work, as they differ significantly from other fathers in their perception that for them it would be easier to reduce their work hours.



Del 26 al 30 de junio tendrá lugar un curso titulado Baja natalidad, envejecimiento y Estado de Bienestar, dirigido por Pedro Requés – catedrático de geografía humana – en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Santander.

Uno de los seminarios del curso se centrará en la Transición a la paternidad en España: el nuevo rol de los hombres en la dinámica familiar.

Os dejamos aquí el programa por si os interesa y queréis apuntaros.

Merecerá la pena el curso y, sin duda, Santander ;)


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