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Portrait Sara Eldén. Photo: Emma Lord.

Sara Eldén

Associate Professor | Director of Research Studies | Senior Lecturer

Portrait Sara Eldén. Photo: Emma Lord.

Nanny families : Practices of care by nannies, au pairs, parents and children in Sweden


  • Sara Eldén
  • Terese Anving

Summary, in English

Paying privately for childcare is a growing phenomenon, and its rise in Sweden is particularly interesting because of the vast prevalence there of publicly funded day care. This book combines family practice and childhood studies theory with the personal perspectives of nannies and au pairs, parents, and the children themselves, to provide new understandings of what constitutes ‘good care’.
The authors investigate the ways in which all participants look upon and experience the caring situation in the family and show the possibilities and problems of nanny/au pair care. The study illuminates ways in which paid domestic care workers ‘do’ family and care and contributes to wider political and scientific discussions of inequalities in and between families, in the context of changing welfare states.


  • Sociology

Publishing year





Sociology of Children and Families Series

Document type



Bristol University Press


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • care, au pairs/nannies, childhood perspective, family practices, welfare states
  • care, nannies, au pairs, parenting, children, family practices, inequalities, gender, class, ethnicity, qualitative methods




  • Care for children in an era of private market services: A study of nannies, children and parents


  • ISBN: 978-1529201543
  • ISBN: 978-1529201536