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Nordic Dialogues on Children and Families

1st Edition

Edited by Susanne Garvis, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard


178 pages

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This book brings together key authors from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) to discuss theoretical and empirical research on families and children. Sharing the Nordic perspective from each of the five countries, the book highlights key ideas within and across the countries. The chapters provide an understanding of the history of the Nordic perspectives of family and children, present current innovative research on solutions to complex issues, and explore contemporary issues. Nordic countries continually attain high scores in lifestyle measures, quality of life and children’s outcomes. Much of this has to do with the specific culture and policy of the Nordic countries. Written by academics within the region who are well regarded for contributing to academic and public debate, this book will appeal to an international audience interested in the Nordic perspective and social policy around family and children.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Chapter 1: The collectivity of family conduct of life and parental self-understanding (Charlotte Højholt, Pernille Juhl and Dorte Kousholt)

Chapter 2: Family life in the Nordic countries (Lena Bäckström)

Chapter 3: Constituting Cultures of Compassion in Early Childhood Educational Settings (Lasse Lipponen)

Chapter 4: Pedagogical leadership and families in Swedish preschool (Sonja Sheridan and Pia Williams)

Chapter 5: Early Childhood Education, gender relations and equality between parents and families in Sweden (Ingegerd Tallberg-Broman & Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson)

Chapter 6: Divorce, families and children (Per Arne Rød)

Chapter 7: “We have this family ‘under the microscope’ so to speak”: Schools, child abuse and family support (Ylva Odenbring; Thomas Johansson and Johannes Lunneblad)

Chapter 8: Economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) and mathematics performance of immigrant students’ in the Finnish metropolitan area in PISA 2012 (Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Mirja Tarnanen, Kari Nissinen and Jouni Vettenranta)

Chapter 9: Coming and staying or coming and going? Immigrant families in Denmark: Challenges and opportunities for integration (Anette Hilton)

Chapter 10: Parental Engagement in Icelandic Preschools (Johanna Einarsdottir and Arna H. Jonsdottir)

Chapter 11: The Importance of Aesthetic Activities in Norwegian Kindergartens (Tona Gulpinar and Leif Hernes)

About the Editors

Susanne Garvis is Professor of Child and Youth Studies at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Center of Educational Research, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway, and Visiting Professor at UiT The Artic University of Norway.

About the Series

Evolving Families

This series focuses on issues, challenges and empirical best practices surrounding evolving families that impact upon their survival, development and outcomes. The aim of this series is twofold: (1) to showcase the diversity of evolving families and the multiple factors that make up the function of families and their evolution across time, systems and cultures;  (2) to build on preventative, interventionist, engagement and recovery methods for the promotion of healthy and successful evolving families across generations, social and political contexts and cultures.

Each book in this series will present a coherent view of at least one theme of the evolving families with the intention to articulate meaningful empirical research that informs best practice in sustaining evolving families and their future. Possible themes can be around (but not limited to) cultural and racial backgrounds, disabilities, social and economic disadvantage, stress, inter-generational mobility, grief, transitions, internal and external conflicts, and policies affecting families. The books will also derive its contents from dialogues between researchers and practitioners and inspire further intellectual debate amongst its readers. All books in the series will address relevant research and practice from around the world, and whilst the books will be allowed to have their own unique feature, each will provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to the evolving families of this millennia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General