Construction of fatherhood in late socialism: the experiences of Lithuanian men

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    Abstract

    The paper examines the changes in fatherhood in Lithuania, focusing on the experiences and attitudes of men, who became fathers in two different historic periods – the soviet time and in the years of societal transformations after the collapse of communist regime. The narratives of 24 men (born in 1950–1965 and 1970–1985) are explored, the data come from the qualitative research, conducted in 2012. It is maintained that the construction of fatherhood in late socialism can be described in terms of modern fatherhood metanarrative, while the features of a ‘new father' can be traced mainly among the younger males of ‘independence generation'.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Review of Sociology
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    Publication statusAccepted/In press - Sep 3 2015

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    Keywords

    • children
    • fatherhood
    • fathering
    • Lithuania
    • Masculinity
    • qualitative research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

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