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Lone Mothers and Long Hours

Gender and work in a new welfare regime.
The project was financed by The Swedish Research Council, 2012-2014.

The idea of work-family balance has emerged as a major issue in both research and politics in Europe. While lone mothers make up a substantial part of families with children, Swedish research about the family-work nexus has mainly focused on dual parent families. Little is known about lone mothers´ reconciliation of caring responsibilities and paid work.

This research project aims to contribute to increased knowledge of intersections between ongoing changes in family patterns and working life, and to elaborate on theories about the gender, family, and working life nexus. By merging the theorization of gender and working life with feminist welfare state research we aim to further develop understandings of how different types of family negotiate caring and working life.


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Researchers on the project

Principal investigator:

  • Christine Roman, Department of Sociology, Örebro University


  • Åsa Lundqvist, Department of Sociology, Lund University
  • Jenny Alsarve, Örebro University
  • Terese Anving, Department of Sociology, Lund University


Lundqvist, Å. (2013) “Finanskrisen och de ensamstående mammorna. Prekära familjeliv bland förvärvsarbetande mödrar i Sverige”, Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning (16) 3: 247-260.

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