International and national studies of norms and gender division of work at the life course transition to parenthood 
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Latest publications:

Daniela Grunow: Zwei Schritte vor, eineinhalb Schritte zurück. Geschlechtsspezifische Arbeitsteilung  und  Sozialisation  aus  Perspektive  des  Lebensverlaufs.  (Two  Steps forward, one-and-a-half Steps back. Gendered labor  division and socialization from a life course  perspective).  In:  Zeitschrift  für  Soziologie  der Erziehung und Sozialisation 2013(4) 384-398.

Daniela Grunow: Aufteilung von Erwerbs-, Haus- und Familienarbeit in Partnerschaften im Beziehungsverlauf. Der Einfluss von Sozialpolitik in Europa. (Division of paid and unpaid care work among couples over time. The impact of social policies in Europe.)  In:  Detlev  Lück und Waltraud Cornelißen (Eds.): Geschlechterunterschiede  und Geschlechterunterscheidungen in Europa. 237-263.

Daniela Grunow, Silke Aisenbrey & Marie Evertsson: Polityka Rodzinna, Wyksztalcenie I Kariera Zawodowa Matek W Niemczech, Stanach Zjed-noczonych I Szwecji. Übersetzung des Artikels ‘Familienpolitik, Bildungund Berufskarrieren von Müttern in Deutschland, USA und  Schweden. (Family  Policy, Education, and Employment Careers of Mothers in Germany, the U.S. and Sweden) In: Roczniki Nauk Społecznych 40/IV. 


We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Buchler joins our team as associate member. Sandra comes to us from the University of Bamberg, where she was involved in the eduLIFE project. Her current research focuses include how first births influence attitudes towards gender roles, the influence of gender on transitions into the labour market and happiness. We wish her a very warm welcome and are looking forward working together.

Kristina John left the APPARENT project at the end of January. We wish her all the best and every success in her future endeavours. 

JULY 2012

We are happy to announce that our team member Gerlieke gave birth to her daughter Marie. The little family feels well and can experience parenthood from now on not only through an academic lens. 


APPARENT in the media (German article: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, January 15th 2012)

"Falling into the working trap
Most fathers would like to spend more time with the family. Instead,  fathers work even more. Who is responsible for this discrepancy between desires and reality? ..."  read more


APPARENT in the media (German article: Der Tagesspiegel, August 28th 2011)

"Families today - what does it mean to be a good father?
The new fathers take up parental leave, show more emotions and are considerably more often present at home compared to the past. The question is if this is true. Searching answers from men, scientists, philosophers and statistics ..."  read more

JUNE 2011

On the 1st of June the first wave of fieldwork in Poland will start. 25 couples who are now expecting their first child will be interviewed about their experiences, ideals and plans regarding pregnancy and the birth of their first child.

MARCH 2011

APPARENT on ERC Striking Project Website:

"Researchers are to carry out a comprehensive investigation into how parenting is perceived by professionals, the media, the parents themselves and look into differences across various European countries.
The image of the woman in the home, cooking and holding the baby is fast becoming one of previous times. Traditional family roles are being reversed with fathers staying home and mothers going out to work. But is this gender division of labour so clear-cut? What impact does society, family policy, the media and experts have on the decisions made by parents? ..."      read more


APPARENT in the media (Dutch article: Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, November 24th, 2010)

"De komst van kinderen heeft grote gevolgen voor de rol van man en vrouw en de verdeling van werk tussen beide seksen. Socioloog dr. Daniela Grunow ontving een ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant van 1,4 miljoen euro voor een onderzoek naar de invloed van ouderschapsnormen en wetgeving op de taakverdeling tussen vaders en moeders in zes Europese landen.

Gelijkheidsonderzoek is Grunow niet vreemd; in het verleden voerde ze diverse studies uit naar achtergestelde groepen op de arbeidsmarkt. Tijdens die onderzoeken concludeerde ze al dat ouderschap een belangrijke ommezwaai inhield in de gelijkheid tussen man en vrouw. ‘Mannen en vrouwen zijn tegenwoordig vrijwel gelijk aan elkaar op de arbeidsmarkt, totdat er kinderen komen, vertelt de socioloog. ‘Zodra het eerste kind is geboren, gaat dat plotseling uit elkaar lopen. De overgang naar het ouderschap is een belangrijk keerpunt in het leven ..."        read more

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