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Title: Lifting the Silence on (In)Equality in the Home: A Feminist Legal Analysis of Men’s and Women’s Engagement with the German Parental Leave Scheme and Care Work
Authors: Meade, Bridget
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Equal Is Not Enough Conference: Exploring Novel Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to Study the Shaping of (In)Equalities, Antwerpen, 4-6 February 2015
Abstract: Within recent years, there has been a growing focus on Germany’s parental leave scheme and its ability to pursue gender equality by promoting a more equitable division of paid labor among couples. However, little research has been done to explore parental leave’s relationship to unpaid labor, namely, care work, and the traditional, gendered role arrangements that families predominantly adopt. Specifically identifying and understanding the driving mechanisms that explain why men and women engage differently with leave and care work will be the leading focus of this investigation. In order to provide new insights to the institutional and cultural factors responsible for (re)producing gendered patterns of care, I employ the unique, multi-dimensional perspective of feminist legal theory to the German model. Within this framework of analysis, I operationalize explanatory factors rooted in the theory’s literature against the actual insights of 6 western German men and women in order to test the ability of the theory to predict and explain collective outcomes. The findings of this analysis will not only contribute to a more detailed exploration of the relationship between parental leave policies and the behavioral decisions of parenting norms and practices, but provide a framework to dismantle the underlying social and political factors that perpetuate traditional gender roles within the family. In this way, national goals of gender equality can finally be realized within the home.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/19190
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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