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
Published Oct. 14, 2010 1:47 PM - Last modified Aug. 18, 2016 8:33 AM