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We are happy to confirm that New Parents in Europe. Work-Care Practices, Gender Norms and Family Policies, the follow up to our previous book Couples' Transitions to Parenthood, is finally available. If you would like to get more information, please click here.

New Parents in Europe

Couples' Transition to Parenthood
, edited by Prof. Daniela Grunow and Dr. Marie Evertsson is out now. Click on the cover for more information, or click here to read the first chapter!


It is common for European couples living fairly egalitarian lives to adopt a traditional division of labour at the transition to parenthood. Based on in-depth interviews with 334 parents-to-be in eight European countries, this book explores the implications of family policies and gender culture from the perspective of couples who are expecting their first child. Couples’ Transitions to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe is the first comparative, qualitative study that explicitly locates couples’ parenting ideals and plans in the wider context of national institutions.

institutions involved 
University of Amsterdam

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Universität Lausanne/Université de Lausanne

Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research

Stockholm University, Department of Sociology

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Università di Torino

State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg

Public University of Navarra

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Conseio Superior de Investiqaciones Cientificas

Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Örebro Universitet


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