Responsible Motherhood, Practices of Reproductive Choice and Class Construction in Contemporary Russia
In post-Soviet Russian society, new cohorts of women have been socialised into norms which are structurally different from those of their parents’ generation. They consider their private lives to be arenas of deliberate planning and conscious choice. For them, planning has become a question of individual aspiration and responsibility—at least, for women with resources—while a ‘responsible’ and intensive motherhood cultural model has gained a prominent place in contemporary Russian society. In line with this, young women perceive child rearing solely as their personal responsibility. This, in its turn, implies a strategic attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth.