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Between Money and Love: Work-family Conflict Among Swedish Low-income Single Mothers
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7091-3348
2017 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 23-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research suggests that single mothers are an increasingly vulnerable group in Scandinavia. Drawing on in-depth interviews, this study takes a closer look at challenges faced by Swedish working-class and low-income single mothers. It explores how working conditions and economic resources influence their access to valued practices, such as the possibility to reconcile paid work and family commitments. It is assumed that discrepancies between mothers’ notions of good mothering and their ability to act in accordance with these values give rise to conflicts and dilemmas. Findings show that lack of financial resources and low control over their work situation significantly limited the mothers’ possibility to combine various responsibilities and to practice the kind of mothering they preferred. Furthermore, the opening hours of preschools frequently did not match the mothers’ working schedules, and they could often not effectively benefit from some of the social rights granted by the Swedish welfare state.

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Roskilde Universitetsforlag, 2017. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 23-41
Keywords [en]
control over work, economic resources, low-income and working class Swedish single mothers, relative deprivation, structural ambivalence, work-family reconciliation
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Sociology Economics and Business
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61135DOI: 10.18291/njwls.v7i3.97093ISI: 000412457200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-61135DiVA, id: diva2:1144120
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Swedish Research Council, 344-2011-5462Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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