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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance$
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Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Carolyn Pope Edwards

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190265076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190265076.001.0001

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Changing Country, Changing Gender Roles

Changing Country, Changing Gender Roles

Migration to Norway and Transformation of Gender Roles Among Polish Families

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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka

Magdalena Żadkowska

Brita Gjerstad

Justyna Świdrak

Anna Kwiatkowska

Gunhild Odden

Oleksandr Ryndyk

Kuba Kryś

Gunn Vedøy

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores family lives of couples who migrate from a less gender-egalitarian (i.e., Poland) to a more egalitarian nation (i.e., Norway). The authors present selected results from a large-scale mixed-methods study drawing from interviews conducted longitudinally with couples in Poland and in Norway, interviews with public-sector servants and employers in Norway, and surveys on attitudes toward gender equality and men’s and women’s practices concerning division of parental roles and household duties in both Poland and Norway. The chapter examines the distribution of domestic responsibilities and potential change within cultural norms and practices in the context of migration and highlights cultural and psychological factors that facilitate social change from gender inequality to equality and from nonegalitarianism to egalitarianism among Polish migrant couples in Norway. The evolution of new, de-gendered family roles is discussed, with attention on factors enabling men to be more active in family life.

Keywords:   fatherhood, parenting, couples, migration, division of domestic labor

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