New book is out: Rebellious Parents. Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia

New book is out: Rebellious Parents. Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia, 2017, edited by Katalin Fábián and Elżbieta Korolczuk.

Parental movements are strengthening around the world and often spark tense personal and political debate. With an emphasis on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, this collection analyzes formal organizations as well as informal networks and online platforms which mobilize parents to advocate for change on a grassroots level. In doing so, the work collected here explores the interactions between the politics, everyday life, and social activism of mothers and fathers. From fathers’ rights movements to natural childbirth to vaccination debates, these essays provide new insight into the identities and strategies applied by these movements as they confront local ideals of gender and family with global ideologies.

“This is an excellent collection with conceptual and methodological unity and high quality contributions that are thoroughly researched.... The work makes a real contribution to the field (both theoretically and empirically), challenges stereotypes, and presents new areas of valuable research.” — Nanette Funk, coeditor of Gender Politics and Post-Communism: Reflections from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

 “We see here evidence of engaged citizens, not directly challenging political leaders about broad economic or political policies, but seeking to change public atti­tudes to vital issues facing people in their everyday lives as parents. ...This is very much a contribution to scholarship and knowledge. We just don’t know about this type of activism.” —David Ost, author of The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe


Introduction: Rebellious Parents in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia / Katalin Fabian and Elzbieta Korolczuk
1. Nationalism and Civicness in Contemporary Russia: Grassroots Mobilization in Defense of Traditional Family Values / Tova Hojdestrand
2. “For the Sake of Our Children’s Future”: A Conservative Parents’ Mobilization in Ukraine / Olena Strelnyk
3. (Un)deserving Parents: Constructing Parenthood and Nation in Bulgaria through New Reproductive Technologies / Ina Dimitrova
4. In the Name of the Family and Nation: Framing Fathers’ Activism in Poland / Elzbieta Korolczuk and Renata E. Hryciuk
5. Civil Society and Fatherhood in the Borderlands: Promoting Active Fathers in Russian Daddy-Schools / Pelle Aberg and Johnny Rodin
6. Fathers’ Activism in Contemporary Ukraine: Contradictory Positions on Gender Equality / Iman Karzabi
7. Down and Out in a “Femo-Fascist” State: the Czech Fathers’ Discussion Forum / Steven Saxonberg
8. Resisting Mandatory Vaccination: the Formation of the "Informed Parent" in the Czech Republic / Jaroslava Hasmanova Marhankova
9. From Tired Parents to NGO Advocacy for Children with Intellectual Disabilities: The Case of the Baltic States / Egle Sumskiene
10. The Natural Childbirth Movement in the Czech Republic / Ema Hresanova
11. Parents Rebelling against the State: Emotions and Images in the Hungarian Home-Birth Movement / Katalin Fabian
12. Regional and Theoretical Lessons: New Perspectives on Civil Societies and Ambiguities toward the State, the West, and Gender Equality / Katalin Fabian and Elzbieta Korolczuk

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