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Care for children in an era of private market services:

A study of nannies, children and parents
Funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ P13-0603:1) 2014-2018

Focusing on the private child care market – nannies and au pairs – in Sweden.

A house and a family made of Duplo.

A new actor has been (re)introduced into family practices in Sweden: the nanny/au pair. This development is likely to have effects on the way family practices and care for children are carried out in Sweden, as well as on ideals and discourses on family, care and parenthood. The purpose of this study is to analyse the consequences for the ‘doing’ of family when elements of childcare can be purchased as services in the private sector.

Through interviews with all three parties involved – nannies/au pairs, parents and children – the study captures the new patterns, problems and possibilities that private childcare services create in everyday interactions and in the doing of family and care in Sweden today.


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