Civil Society and Biopolitics in Contemporary Russia: The Case of Russian "Daddy-Schools"
2015 (English)In: Foucault Studies, ISSN 1832-5203, E-ISSN 1832-5203, no 20, 76-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article deals with civil society organizations active in the field of family policy and demographic issues in contemporary Russia, using Michel Foucault’s concepts of biopolitics and governmentality. More specifically, so called “daddy-schools” that have emerged in and around Saint Petersburg since 2008, are studied, using interviews and documents. The analysis shows that the organizations work as a complement to the state but have also been able to influence policy, alter legislation and challenge the established assumptions and governmentality of the Russian state concerning parenthood, the “good” father and how to deal with the ongoing demographic crisis and increase fertility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. no 20, 76-95 p.
Civil society, biopolitics, governmentality, fatherhood, Russia
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25195Local ID: 1557/42/2011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25195DiVA: diva2:761630
ProjectsWhat does it mean to be a father? State, civil society and citizen discourses about fatherhood in Russia
FunderThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1557/42/2011