Чайлдфри или добровольно бездетные? К переопределению концептуального поля исследований не-родительства в России

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T1 - Чайлдфри или добровольно бездетные? К переопределению концептуального поля исследований не-родительства в России

AU - Lomakin, Ilya V.

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - The essay is an attempt to distinguish between the semantic notion of "childfree" and that of "voluntary childlessness" taking into account the Russian specifics. The author consistently describes socio-political content of the Russian research field emphasizing the conservative pro-natal trends of the recent years. The paper considers the origins of the conceptual field of non-parenthood and the evolution of the related research area. For the first time in the Russian-language scientific literature, the National Organization of Non-Parents, a key actor in childfree activism, is described in detail. In addition, based on the data of a survey conducted in 2014-2016, the author examines the "chayldfri" (childfree) category and the notion of "dobrovolnaya bezdetnost" (voluntary childlessness) internalized in the Russian-language discourse. The author also outlines the semantic points framing these notions and leveling off the tendency to equate these notions in the everyday and scientific discourses. By criticizing the use of the childfree notion in the Russian-language practice, the author proposes to apply the notion of voluntary childlessness as the latter one is wider, more fundamental and less complex semantically. The article also explores the widely used notion of "childhate" and the phenomenon of regretting parenthood. The author offers a heuristically valuable alternative to each of them. In conclusion, the author redefines the notions discussed in the article and proposes a conceptual framework for further research on voluntary childlessness in the Russian context.

AB - The essay is an attempt to distinguish between the semantic notion of "childfree" and that of "voluntary childlessness" taking into account the Russian specifics. The author consistently describes socio-political content of the Russian research field emphasizing the conservative pro-natal trends of the recent years. The paper considers the origins of the conceptual field of non-parenthood and the evolution of the related research area. For the first time in the Russian-language scientific literature, the National Organization of Non-Parents, a key actor in childfree activism, is described in detail. In addition, based on the data of a survey conducted in 2014-2016, the author examines the "chayldfri" (childfree) category and the notion of "dobrovolnaya bezdetnost" (voluntary childlessness) internalized in the Russian-language discourse. The author also outlines the semantic points framing these notions and leveling off the tendency to equate these notions in the everyday and scientific discourses. By criticizing the use of the childfree notion in the Russian-language practice, the author proposes to apply the notion of voluntary childlessness as the latter one is wider, more fundamental and less complex semantically. The article also explores the widely used notion of "childhate" and the phenomenon of regretting parenthood. The author offers a heuristically valuable alternative to each of them. In conclusion, the author redefines the notions discussed in the article and proposes a conceptual framework for further research on voluntary childlessness in the Russian context.

KW - Childfree

KW - Childhate

KW - Concepts

KW - Intended childlessness

KW - Intentional childlessnes

KW - Non-parenthood

KW - Regretting parenthood

KW - Reluctant parents

KW - Voluntary childlessness

U2 - 10.14515/monitoring.2019.6.20

DO - 10.14515/monitoring.2019.6.20

M3 - Översiktsartikel

AN - SCOPUS:85078977697

VL - 154

SP - 394

EP - 436

JO - Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mneniya: Ekonomicheskie i Sotsial'nye Peremeny

JF - Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mneniya: Ekonomicheskie i Sotsial'nye Peremeny

SN - 2219-5467

IS - 6

ER -