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The construction, possibilities and limits of family in conditions of poverty and low income

Mary Daly and Grace Kelly

in Families and Poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9781447318828
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781447318842 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447318828.003.0003
The construction, possibilities and limits of family in conditions of poverty and low income

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This chapter explores further the everyday processes of family life in conditions of low income, with special attention to cognitive and cultural processes relating to the meaning of family. The chapter has four sections. The first focuses on the sets of understandings around family that prevail and the ways in which everyday activities and interactions contribute to realising prevailing senses and ideals of family. The second part examines some instances whereby people engage in family building (e.g., Christmas and birthdays) or construct family life. The third and fourth parts investigate people’s sense of their capabilities to realise the personal and family lives which they would like to have and the impacts of living on a low income on people’s sense of themselves and their capabilities.

Keywords: meanings of family; constructing family; relative (dis)empowerment; capabilities

Chapter.  7193 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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