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Vad vet vi om den ryska pappan?: Utvecklingen av faderskapsnormer från ett historiskt och internationellt perspektiv
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences, Avdelningen för forskning om det civila samhället. Södertörns högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0207-6255
2016 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, Vol. 30, no 1, 3-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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What do we know about fatherhood and norms concerning fatherhood in Russia? This article investigates this question using previous research and the contemporary state-discourse. Family and parenthood have been important parts of the state-discourse during the last decades due to the demographic situation in Russia. However, at the same time, fathers are more or less absent from the discourse while mothers and children are occurring frequently. With this as a background, the role of the father is examined, in the past and in the present. This is done using previous research on Soviet and Russian fatherhood, with the aid of knowledge gained through fatherhood studies in other national contexts as well as current policy documents and presidential speeches.

The results show that norms concerning fatherhood are closely connected to the sociopolitical context and changes in welfare systems and in the gender contract. The development of fatherhood models differ between Russian and West European, and American, experiences. In today’s Russia there are competing discourses, suggesting that the role of the father is contested. There is evidence of both a marginalized fatherhood model, a legacy from Soviet times, of the traditional breadwinner model of fatherhood as well as of a more nurturing and active type of fatherhood.

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2016. Vol. 30, no 1, 3-17 p.
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Fatherhood, Russia, Parenthood, Breadwinner, Active fatherhood
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5042DOI: 10.17585/nof.v30.393OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5042DiVA: diva2:901504
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What does it mean to be a father? State, civil society and citizen discourses about fatherhood in Russia
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 3039001
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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