Parenthood and social class in Finland
Department of Education University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland
In this paper I present my ongoing post doctoral study 'Parenthood and social class in Finland'. The purpose of this study is to gain knowledge about the resources and networks of Finnish parenthood and about the relationship between those resources and networks and practices of parenthood (upbringing and education of children, economic responsibility and housework among others). In the centre of the study is how class differences and cultural practices are constructed in the family and how different kinds of social, economic and cultural positions frame the life of families in contemporary Finnish society. The main questions are what kinds of social networks, as well as social, cultural and material resources do Finnish parents have at their disposal? How do these networks and resources produce and maintain their experience of being fortunate or underprivileged? Additionally, I am interested in the construction of everyday practices within families in relation to local institutions (day care, schools, health service, social service). The study is mainly based on an interview data of Finnish parents from different social backgrounds in two research localities. This study is part of a larger research project 'Cultural and Material Formation of Social Class within Families' and it is a continuation to my doctoral dissertation in which I have discussed the motherhood of different-aged women from the viewpoint of social class and citizenship.