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“I Want to Marry a Healthy Man”: Marriage Strategies among Disabled Women in Today’s Russia

[“Khochu zamuzh za zdorovogo”: brachnye predpochteniia zhenshchin s ogranichennymi vozmozhnostiami zdorov’ia v sovremennoi Rossii]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518010049

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 21.03.2017

Accepted: 21.11.2017

About author(s)

Elena E. Nosenko-Stein | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9952-8582 | nosenko1@gmail.com | Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (12 Rozhdestvenka St., Moscow, 107031, Russia)

Keywords

disability, family, spouse, life partner, stigmatization, people with disabilities, Russia

Abstract

Problems of marriage and family strategies and search for a spouse / life partner for disabled women in Russia are in the focus of this article. Drawing on my own field research materials, I delineate the main patterns of this search and their correlation with various social and cultural factors. I argue that the stigmatization of disabled people in Russia results in a widespread preference for a healthy person as an ideal spouse.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants: Russian Foundation for Humanities, https://doi.org/10.13039/100009094 [grant 16-01-00145]

Citation

Nosenko-Stein, E.E. 2018. “Khochu zamuzh za zdorovogo”: brachnye predpochteniia zhenshchin s ogranichennymi vozmozhnostiami zdorov’ia v sovremennoi Rossii [“I Want to Marry a Healthy Man”: Marriage Strategies among Disabled Women in Today’s Russia]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 36-46. https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518010049

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