Логотип CGES

Child-rearing practices of Russian-speaking women in Spain in the course of life

The project “Child-rearing practices of Russian-speaking women in Spain in the course of life” was conducted by CGES affiliated researcher Raisa Akifyeva, National Research University Higher School of Economics; University of Western Australia. This study aims to examine the impact of migration on child-rearing practices considering them as a process which has changed in the course of life. The longitudinal strategy of the research allows to study deeply not only the specifics of the child-rearing practices of mixed and migrant families, but also how they have been changed at different biographical stages and during the experience of life in the host country. This study is a continuation of the project “Educational practices of Russian and Russian-mixed families in Spain: The role of parents’ values and beliefs and/or structural constraints” also conducted in 2015 with the support of CGES. The previous research focused on class distinctions of the child-rearing practices of migrant women, which concluded that class differences in the structured activities of children are largely determined by structural factors rather than the cultural logic of parents. The new research mostly focuses on the new environment of migrant parents, perceived cultural differences, native language and its status, as well as the new structural context which can explain the features of child-rearing of people with migrant experience. Within this study, special attention has been paid to the similarity of practices of Russian-speaking women migrants with different economic resources and from mixed and Russian-speaking families. The findings were published as a CGES working paper.