Gender and Family Normative Attitudes in Russian-Speakers in Estonia and Latvia Compared to Other Estonians, Latvians, and Russians in Russia

25 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2017

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Marharyta Fabrykant

National Research University Higher School of Economics; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Vladimir Magun

National Research University Higher School of Economics; Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - The Institute of Sociology

Date Written: December 20, 2017

Abstract

The paper is dedicated to comparing gender and family attitudes in Russian speakers in Estonia and Latvia to ethnic majority members in their respective countries and to Russians. The obtained results demonstrate that at least gender and family related attitude in Latvia and Estonia follow the logic not of marginalization, but of polarization. Instead of developing relatively moderate views – more traditionalist than in Estonians and Latvians yet more modern than in Russians, Russian speaking minority members in the Baltics overshoot the Russian majority living in Russia by the degree of their traditionalism. These results have important practical implications demonstrating a potential obstacle in the way of integration of ethnic minorities – their opposing their own attitudes to the attitudes held by the majority even in the spheres not directly related to ethnonational issues and for this reasons are usually overlooked when discussing integration of ethnic minority members.

Keywords: Baltics, Russian speakers, gender, family, attitudes, modernization, ethnolinguistic identity, Latvia, Estonia

JEL Classification: Z38

Suggested Citation

Fabrykant, Marharyta and Magun, Vladimir, Gender and Family Normative Attitudes in Russian-Speakers in Estonia and Latvia Compared to Other Estonians, Latvians, and Russians in Russia (December 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3091391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3091391

Marharyta Fabrykant (Contact Author)

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National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Vladimir Magun

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - The Institute of Sociology

Moscow
Russia

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