Opinie. Mannen zorgen revisited. De zorgbijdrage van mannen is veranderd, maar blijft ambivalent


  • Marianne Grunell


I revisit my 2002 Phd on men’s changing contribution to everyday care and the new social appeal being made to them. A decade on I am sceptical on my conclusion as to whether a major historical change has had occurred. The feeling of urgency in social organisations and at the authorities has diminished. Men themselves – in particular the focus group, fathers with young children – remain ambivalent. Although stating that they would like to work less to care more, only relatively few work part-time. This small group, mostly highly educated men, working as civil servants or in the social sector remains a privileged group, with a pro-care culture and paid care arrangements. Far more widespread are the full-time working fathers, whose attitude to care has changed their free time activities. Their choice fits well with the Dutch one-and-a-half-earning model, in which mothers work part-time and men fulltime. The interests of both are served well in this model which will probably dominate the coming years.