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Special Issue of the Journal 'Social Sciences': "Family and Work: Parental Leave and Careers"

Call for Contributions: A special issue of Social Sciences: "Family and Work: Parental Leave and Careers"

The intersection between parental leave and career trajectories is a crucial dimension for understanding gendered life courses. In part, self-perpetuating gendered understandings of career trajectories may explain the strongly gendered patterns that persist with regard to parental leave taking: Fathers usually take a much lower proportion of leave than mothers. How decisions around leave taking are made and their consequences vary substantially between mothers and fathers, and also between contexts and across time. Opportunities for taking leave available in the workplace also vary substantially between mothers and fathers, and also between contexts and across time. In this special issue, the aim is to broaden and deepen our understanding of the relationship between taking parental leave and careers and occupations, for both mothers and fathers.

A wide range of empirical contributions with a focus on such aspects as gender equality, the workplace perspective, couple interactions over leave and career decisions, are welcome. Also contributions from specific countries and contexts, comparative analyses, and those contributions, which take into account the variation across groups of parents (e.g., by socio-economic group, gender, ethnicity, disability, age).

The deadline for manuscript submissions is 1 July 2019. You can find more information about the issue, the authors, and the submission process here.