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And They Lived Happily Ever After
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Takes a comparative perspective on family life and childhood in the past half century in Russia and Eastern Europe, highlighting similarities and differences. Focuses on the problematic domains of the institutions and laws devised to cope with family difficulties, and discusses the social strains created by the transition from communist to post-communist national systems. In addition to the substantial historic analysis, actual challenges are also discussed. The essays examine the changing gender roles, alterations in legal systems, the burdens faced by married and unmarried women who are mothers, the contrasts between government rhteoric and the implementation of policies toward marriage, children and parenthood. By addressing the specifics of welfare politics under the Communist rule and the directions of their transformation in 1990–2000s, this book contributes to the understanding of social institutions and family policies in these countries and the problems of dealing with the socialist past that this region face.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: 1940s-1980s: The Family as a "Basic Unit of Socialist Society"
  2. pp. 23-141
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  1. 1. Lone Motherhood in Soviet Russia in the Mid-20th Century—In a European Context
  2. pp. 25-46
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  1. 2. Family, Divorce, and Comrades’ Courts: Soviet Family and Public Organizations During the Thaw
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. 3. A Life of Labor, a Life of Love: Telling the Life of a Young Peasant Mother Facing Collectivization
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 4. East German Women Going West: Family, Children and Partners in Life-Experience Literature
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. 5. Why Does Public Policy Implementation Fail? Lithuanian Office of State Benefits for Mothers of Large Families and Single Mothers, 1944–1956
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 6. The Latvian Family Experience with Sovietization 1945–1990
  2. pp. 123-141
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  1. Part II: 1990s-2000s: Social Transformation in the Mirror of Family Life
  2. p. 143
  1. 7. “Two Children Puts You in the Zone of Social Misery:” Childbearing and Risk Perception among Russian Women
  2. pp. 145-164
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  1. 8. “Supporting Genuine Development of the Child:” Public Childcare Centers Versus Family in Post-Soviet Russia
  2. pp. 165-184
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  1. 9. Everyday Continuity and Change: Family and Family Policy in Russia
  2. pp. 185-206
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  1. 10. Single Mothers—Clients or Citizens? Social Work with Poor Families in Russia
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. 11. Welfare Crisis and Crisis Centers in Russia Today
  2. pp. 231-250
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  1. 12. Marriage and Divorce Law in Russia and the Baltic States: Overview of Recent Changes
  2. pp. 251-272
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  1. 13. Doing Parenting in Post-Socialist Estonia and Latvia
  2. pp. 273-295
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  1. 14. Gendered Experiences in Entrepreneurship, Family and Social Activities in Russia
  2. pp. 297-318
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 319-321
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-326
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  1. Back Cover
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