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Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision

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Taylor and Francis
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  • Hq The Family. Marriage. Woman
  • Dk Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
  • Hm Sociology
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  • Political Science

Abstract

Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision Kay, R. (2004) Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision. Europe-Asia Studies, 56 (7). pp. 941-961. ISSN 0966-8136 http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/6692/ Deposited on: 05 August 2008 Enlighten – Research publications by members of the University of Glasgow http://eprints.gla.ac.uk Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision Dr Rebecca Kay, Lecturer, Department of Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow Acknowledgements I would like to thank the staff and clients of the Altai Regional Crisis Centre for Men who so generously gave us their time and support in organising fieldwork in Barnaul. Thanks also go to the Leverhulme Trust for their financial support of the broader research project of which this forms a part. Word count 10,464 Abstract The collapse of the Soviet system has led to the loss of social ‘safety nets’ and a widespread assumption that a viable alternative system will need to be based on western models of social policy and welfare practice. This article takes as its focus an example of innovative social work provision which has been developed within Russia itself in response to local needs. The Altai Regional Crisis Centre for Men, based in the city of Barnaul, Western Siberia, is unique within Russia and one of only three such centres in the world. In addition to providing a range of much needed services to local men and their families, the Centre is also actively challenging popular attitudes to gender. The Centre’s programme of support for single fathers and their families is an excellent example of both these aspects of its work. This article is based on interviews with the staff of the Centre, representatives of local government bodies and social service providers

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