Dealing with money in low-to moderate-income couples: insights from individual interviews

Sirin Sung and Fran Bennett

in Social Policy Review 19

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349415
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303466 | DOI:
Dealing with money in low-to moderate-income couples: insights from individual interviews

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This chapter offers an analysis of a recent Economic and Social Research Council-funded project considering the difficulties associated with researching the complexities of the management of household money and budgeting within long-term heterosexual relationships. The study interviewed heterosexual couples living on means-tested benefits or tax credits and considered how they received, organised, and used such income, and how this affected gender relations and inequalities within the household. The chapter is organised as follows. The second section outlines existing typologies of household financial management and research on gendered patterns of money management. The third section presents the main findings on money management from the study in the light of the existing literature. The themes of this section include complexity, continuity in traditional gendered patterns of money management, and teasing out the relationship between managing money day to day and control over household finances; it looks at several potential indicators of financial control. The final section concludes by discussing some of the issues that emerged in a wider context.

Keywords: household budget; household financial management; gender relations; inequalities; money management; heterosexual relationships; tax credits

Chapter.  8565 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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