Absent or involved: changes in fathering of Estonian men working in Finland
The aim of my article is to find out how living in the transnational space between two countries with significantly different histories changes family life. I discuss how working in a different country than one’s homeland can change the way one thinks about family and at the same time encourage people to try out new caretaking patterns. I focus on the trend towards more a inclusive family role of Estonian men working in Finland. My results show that transnational working does change the father’s role inside the family; it gives them the possibility to spend more time with their children and even to acquire the main caretaker role during the non-working period. Also, the fieldwork shows that men start to appreciate not only providing for economic well-being, but also being emotionally and socially more present in family life while at home.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Ethnology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Publication date: August 3, 2018