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Parenting and Work in Poland

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Suwada Katarzyna, "Parenting and Work in Poland", Springer Nature, 2021, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66303-2, License:

The open access book provides a critical account of parenthood in Polish society. It uses a qualitative perspective to show how mothers and fathers engage with parenthood and also function in the labour market. Parenting in contemporary Poland is not only affected by individual preferences and choices, but significantly by the institutional context, in particular the family policy system, as well as socio-cultural norms of how men and women should fulfill parental roles. The author distinguishes between different kinds of work done in connection to parenthood and shows how the existing institutional system reinforces gender and other forms of social inequalities even in a post-communist state like Poland. The author demonstrates that Polish society has different expectations and institutional norms related to work and gender norms compared to those in long-standing democracies in Europe and elsewhere. The book also shows that the experiences of parenthood in Poland are different between men and women, between single and coupled parents, and based on economic and other resources. This book is of interest to social science students and researchers of family studies, parenting, sociology of work, and social structure in post-communist societies.


Sociology Of Family, Youth And Aging, Gender Studies, Sociology Of Work, Social Theory, Family Policy, Gender Roles, Parenthood In Polish Society, Family Life In Poland, Gender Inequalities, Domestic Work, Paid Work, Social Policies, Open Access, Sociology: Family & Relationships, Gender Studies, Gender Groups, Sociology: Work & Labour

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