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“You have to focus all your energy on being a parent”: Barriers and opportunities for Swedish farmers to be involved fathers

Eriksson, Camilla and Hajdu, Flora (2021). “You have to focus all your energy on being a parent”: Barriers and opportunities for Swedish farmers to be involved fathers. Journal of Rural Studies. 83 , 88-95
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Swedish farming fathers are facing new expectations about their level of involvement in their children?s upbringing ? expectations of their own, but also arising from gender equality policy and shifting societal norms. A gender-neutral parental leave scheme has been in place in Sweden since 1974 and gives parents a generous opportunity to take paid time off work to stay at home with their children. Generally, however, fathers tend to take only a small share of the days allotted for parental leave, with farming farmers among those making least use of this opportunity. In this paper we explore farmers? expectations of fatherhood and how different types of farm management can be combined with parenting. The paper draws on qualitative interviews conducted with three generations of farmers. Our results indicate that the notion of involved fatherhood, i.e. being emotionally present and nurturing, is identified by farmers as a societal norm laid on farming fathers today, and that farmers indeed want to pursue involved fatherhood. We conclude that farm operators face several barriers to fulfilling the ideal of involved fatherhood, especially related to the difficulties of being able to afford and find a competent replacement during long periods of parental leave. However, two types of farms stand out as offering opportunities to overcome these issues: farms run as corporations where the farm operator is employed, and small farms with a high degree of flexibility in how time is spent during the day or over the year.

Authors/Creators:Eriksson, Camilla and Hajdu, Flora
Title:“You have to focus all your energy on being a parent”: Barriers and opportunities for Swedish farmers to be involved fathers
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:83
Page range:88-95
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
ISSN:0743-0167
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Keywords:Farming fathers, Involved fatherhood, Parental leave, Family farm, Farm succession
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111674
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111674
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.02.020
Web of Science (WoS)000636688600010
ID Code:23420
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:05 May 2021 13:23
Metadata Last Modified:05 May 2021 13:31

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