By Jennifer Utrata
Women with no Men illuminates Russia's "quiet revolution" in kinfolk existence during the lens of unmarried motherhood. Drawing on large ethnographic and interview information, Jennifer Utrata makes a speciality of the puzzle of the way unmarried motherhood—frequently obvious as a social challenge in different contexts—became taken without any consideration within the New Russia. whereas such a lot Russians, together with unmarried moms, think that two-parent households are premiere, many additionally contend that unmarried motherhood is an inevitable spinoff of 2 intractable difficulties: “weak males” (reflected, they argue, within the country’s common, persistent male alcoholism) and a “weak nation” (considered so due to Russia’s unequal economic climate and negative social services). one of the day-by-day struggles to get by means of and get forward, unmarried motherhood, Utrata reveals, is seldom thought of a tragedy.
Utrata starts by way of tracing the historical past of the cultural classification of “single mother,” from the nation rules that created this type after international battle II, throughout the demographic tendencies that contributed to emerging charges of unmarried motherhood, to the modern stress among the cultural perfect of the two-parent kinfolk and the de facto predominance of the matrifocal kin. delivering a brilliant narrative of the reports not just of unmarried moms themselves but in addition of the grandmothers, different relations, and nonresident fathers who play roles of their lives, Women with out Men maps the Russian family members opposed to the country’s profound postwar social disruptions and dislocations.
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Women without Men: Single Mothers and Family Change in the New Russia by Jennifer Utrata