Changing notions of lone motherhood in twentieth-century Finland

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Through written life stories of lone mothers, this article examines changes in lone motherhood in twentieth-century Finland. While the older life-story writers' narratives are clearly influenced by an 'ethos of survival' and the regulation of female sexuality, the younger writers relate their experiences with the help of scripts on gender equality and the psychological importance of 'good' parenting. These narrative shifts point to important changes in cultural scripts on women's positions in families, on the labour market, and in society. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-143
Number of pages16
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


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