Tone Schou Wetlesen

Professor emerita
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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus N-0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern N-0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

Since the late 1970s I have worked theoretically and empirically with the family context focusing on the life course, gender and parent/child relations. More specifically I have conducted qualitative research on fertility decisions and family seize, on cultural transmission in families with young children and on life course transitions among women who were young children during the Second World War and the German occupation of Norway. In the last few years I have primarily worked with issues related to work-life balance and childcare. My concern has been to explore if and how experiences on the micro level relate to structural conditions on the level of society, here included crisis of war and occupation. From a theoretical point of view life course perspectives as developed in the works of Glen Elder, Erik H. Erikson and Stein Bråten have inspired my work in addition to Anthony Giddens’ theory on agency and structure. Furthermore I draw on contributions in family – and gender research from scholars like Erik Grønseth, Harriet Holter, Jessica Benjamin and Arlie Hochschild.


  • in political science at UiO 1967
  • Executive officer at Statens rasjonaliseringsdirektorat 1969
  • Research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, Oslo 1970-1973Ph.D. at the University of Bergen 1976
  • Assosiate professor at ISS, UiO from 1977
  • Professor at ISO, UiO 2002- 2009
  • Professor emeritus 2009


Tags: Sociology


  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2014). Møtesteder og pardannelse. Sosiologi i dag. ISSN 0332-6330. 44(3), p. 54–74. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2013). Work values in the second generation of gender equality pioneers: A case study from Norway. Gender, Work & Organization. ISSN 0968-6673. 20(1), p. 100–112. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2012.00586.x.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2010). Balancing work and childcare - the legacy of a gender equality experiment. Community, Work and Family. ISSN 1366-8803. 13, p. 447–466. doi: 10.1080/13668801003619423.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou & Hjort, Haldis (2009). Barns krigsopplevelser - en kilde til kunnskap. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 46(1), p. 3–7.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2009). Recollections of war time childhood: Contexts of silence and speech. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 46(1), p. 93–99.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2004). Foreldreveiledning - ekspertdominans eller dialogisk samhandling? In Frønes, Ivar & Wetlesen, Tone Schou (Ed.), Dialog, selv og samfunn. Abstrakt forlag. ISSN 82-7935-183-3. p. 113–138.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (1999). Mothers in cultural transmission. In Birkelund, Gunn Elisabeth; Broch-Due, Anne-Kathrine & Nilsen, Ann (Ed.), Ansvar & protest. Kjønn, klasse og utdanning i senmoderniteten. Sosiologisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen. ISSN 82-578-0142-9. p. 355–374.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (1998). From mother to child. Cultural transmmission in an urban environment. In Despard, Annabelle (Eds.), A WOMAN´S PLACE. WOMEN, DOMESTICITY AND PRIVATE LIFE. FACULTY OF ARTS, Agder College, KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY. ISSN 82-7117-375-8. p. 159–178.

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  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou & Hjort, Haldis (2006). Spor etter krigen. Livshistorier. Unipub forlag. ISBN 8274772326. 270 p.
  • Frønes, Ivar & Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2004). Dialog, selv og samfunn. Abstrakt forlag. ISBN 82-7935-183-3. 299 p.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2000). Å gi videre. Kultur og oppdragelse i familien. Fagbokforlaget. ISBN 82-7674-650-0. 267 p.

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  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2017). Makt utan mandat. De policyprofessionella i svensk politik. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning. ISSN 0040-716X. doi: 10.18261/ISSN.1504-291X-2017-04-09.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2016). Trenger vi 8-timersdagen? Samtiden. ISSN 0036-3928. p. 85–92.
  • Lenz, Claudia; Levin, Irene; Wetlesen, Tone Schou & Hennum, Nicole (2011). Introduction. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. ISSN 0047-2328.
  • Irene, Levin; Nicole, Hennum; Lenz, Claudia & Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2011). Guest editor's comments. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. ISSN 0047-2328.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2011). Barneomsorg og samfunnsutvikling. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. ISSN 0809-6341. 15(1), p. 64–67.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2009). Et samfunn med rom for barn. Kvinner og familie. ISSN 0806-1173.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2009). Likestilling i kryssild: Seminar om mannsmeldingen. Bulletine - Senter for kvinneforskning, Universitetet i Oslo. ISSN 0802-0027.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou; Hjort, Haldis & Strand, Nina (2009). Barn som vitner til okkupasjonstiden. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 46(1), p. 2–2.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2006). Gro Hagemann og Hege Roll-Hansen (red.) "Twentieth-century housewives. Meanings and implications of unpaid work. Issues in contemporary history", Oslo 2005 - Omtale ved Tone Schou Wetlesen. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. ISSN 0809-6341. p. 111–114.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2004). Remembrances of wartime childhood.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (2001). War childhood and adult lives. A biographical approach.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (1999). Women of war and later prosperity. Life histories of Norwegian women born 1939-43 and 1949-53.
  • Wetlesen, Tone Schou (1998). Familiepolitik og kontantstøtte.

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