Вестник Российского мониторинга экономического положения и здоровья населения НИУ ВШЭ (RLMS-HSE)
Ph.D. project proposal of innovative consumption practices study with focus on computer and Internet utilization in Russian households is presented in the paper. It is suggested to use concepts from diffusion of innovations and theories of practice as the bases for the theoretical framework of this empirical study. Theories of practice are particularly relevant for consumption studies as they allow overcoming major limitations of sociological and economic research and theorizing in this area.
Several approaches to the concept of fatherhood present in Western sociological tradition are analyzed and compared: biological determinism, social constructivism and biosocial theory. The problematics of fatherhood and men’s parental practices is marginalized in modern Russian social research devoted to family and this fact makes the traditional inequality in family relations, when the father’s role is considered secondary compared to that of mother, even stronger. However, in Western critical men’s studies several stages can be outlined: the development of “sex roles” paradigm (biological determinism), the emergence of the hegemonic masculinity concept, inter-disciplinary stage (biosocial theory). According to the approach of biological determinism, the role of a father is that of the patriarch, he continues the family line and serves as a model for his ascendants. Social constructivism looks into man’s functions in the family from the point of view of masculine pressure and establishing hegemony over a woman and children. Biosocial theory aims to unite the biological determinacy of fatherhood with social, cultural and personal context. It is shown that these approaches are directly connected with the level of the society development, marriage and family perceptions, the level of egality of gender order.