Journal Article

Shifting theories: partial perspectives on the household

Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

in Cambridge Journal of Economics

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 31, issue 4, pages 525-538
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0309-166X
Published online November 2006 | e-ISSN: 1464-3545 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/bel032
Shifting theories: partial perspectives on the household

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There is a neglect of networks within cooperative conflict models, which arises because of the patriarchal households assumed. But households are not the same everywhere, because their structure is dependent upon social context, and they are a sub-system of wider social relations and realities. Understanding households (in this paper female-headed households) requires us to study the varied contexts in which households are situated and the social relations of individuals within these institutions. Using contributions from feminist economics and realist social theory, this paper shows how these frameworks can explain the diversity of social reality in household formations and relations.

Keywords: Female headship; Ethnicity; Household models; Feminist economics; Realist social theory; B4; B5; J16; P46; Z1

Journal Article.  7477 words. 

Subjects: Other Economic Systems ; Demographic Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Methodology

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