"In my Opinion, Work would be in First Place and Family in Second." - Young women's imagined gender-work relations in post-Soviet Lithuania
Title: "In my Opinion, Work would be in First Place and Family in Second." - Young women's imagined gender-work relations in post-Soviet Lithuania
Author: REITER, Herwig
Citation: Journal of Baltic Studies, 2010, 41, 4, 531-551
This article explores young women's orientation to work and motherhood in the post-communist context of radical socio-economic transformation in Europe. Based on a qualitative-explorative study into meanings of work and unemployment among young people in post-Soviet Lithuania, the paper introduces an empirically grounded classification of imagined gender-work arrangements. The single patterns of the classification are based on the three configurations of work and motherhood, work and partnership, and work and provision. The findings inform the reconstruction of the 'landscape' of imagined gendered adulthoods in Europe as well as the analysis of emerging gender relations under conditions of rapid social change.
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