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To be a wife and a mother – guardian of hearth and home? The family role in the consciousness of young women

Subject and Keywords:

woman   wife   mother   family role   family model


The trajectories of the bonds of the contemporary family


Gender is a crucial factor which is diversifying social expectations as to the filling of specific social roles. Some social activities are being assigned to the woman, others for the man. Femininity is strongly related to motherhood, masculinity is expressed through the professional and economic status. Especially in Polish society, being a wife, and most of all being a mother who takes care of home and family, gives women a high social prestige. The stereotype of “Polish Mother”, sacrificing for her children, the exemplary housewife is still firmly entrenched within the social consciousness. This can be seen by analyzing the results of researches about the model of the family. Preferences in this regard are slowly moving away from patriarchal relations evolving towards a more egalitarian relationship. More and more people expresses appreciation for the partnership model, in which a woman and a man are involved in the family and professional issues to a similar extent. If we talk about the predominant actual model, that shows real family life in Poland, often the traditional model is practiced (the woman takes care of the family, the man performs the professional role) and thedisproportionately female model (the woman takes care of the family and performs a professional role, the man performs only a professional role).

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Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych Karkonoskiej Państwowej Szkoły Wyższej   Instytut Pedagogiki Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 2082-9019   e-ISSN 2300-5866




Pdg P 343




Wychowanie w Rodzinie, T. 11 (2015), s. 81-94

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Copyright by Dorota Gębuś

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Biblioteka Instytutu Pedagogiki UWr

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