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Who Helps the Degraded Housewife?

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Rotkirch, Anna; Temkina, Anna; Zdravomyslova, Elena

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Abstract This article analyses the new demographic programme that was announced by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in 2006. The main goal of this programme is to encourage fertility, especially the birth of a second child. New benefits should elevate the status of wome taking maternity leave, who might otherwise suffer from discrimination in the family. The housewife is considered to be dependent and `degraded'. We argue that this demographic politics recalls continuity with soviet gender politics centred on the support of wage-earning working mothers. The programme provokes different critiques. Liberal critics argue that the programme is a populist one and it may have undesired economic and social consequences. Conservative critics want to encourage more traditional `woman' and `family' roles in society. Feminist critics argue that this politcs would reinforce both the inferior position of women on the labour market and gender imbalances on the symbolic level.
Free Keywords demographic programme; family; gender contract; gender politics; maternal capital; Russia;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 349-357
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 14 (2007) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506807081884
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)