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Sociology 2U06: Family Sociology Feb. 27 2012 Lecture 35: Family Finances Topics: - Ch 25 Fox – Colavecchia – Moneywork, caregiving Ch 25 Findings: - Study of moneywork in couples o Sample of married Canadian couples o Study of managing finances - Moneywork – unpaid labour dealing with managing finances - Moneywork was gendered o Considered female responsibility - Had emo consequences for women’s personal spending o Very time intensive o Stress and anxiety - Women developed a relational perspective on money o Compared spending habits of couples and saw women more aware/responsible with finances  More family focused in their spending because of greater knowledge of family obligations o Women developed a change in spending during transition to motherhood o Relational – means understanding that there is a certain amount the family has – if you spend one dollar here, that is one dollar less that you have to another expense - Connections among money, power and gender in marriage o Used feminist methodology  Interviewing to try to understand money relations from the point of view of the families themselves o To understand processes behind things like gender differences in spending o Social meanings behind money - Limitations of the study sample o Small sample – very exploratory – for methodological reasons  Can’t easily generalize to the whole pop  Random sample of urban, mostly middle class – obs doesn’t reflect the diversity of Canadian fams  First time married hetero couples with young kids o Attempt to keep all of the variables constant o So sample excludes different families, keep this is mind  Homosexual families  Single parents  Blended families etc. etc. o Recruitment method required that couples contact her for the study  Probably means she oversampled couples for whom money is not a huge source of conflict - Use of Grounded Theory – glazer and strauss o When you want to study a social phenomenon, rather than applying a pre-existing grand theory – talk to the people instead and try to make sense of the particular phenomenon in respect to the people you are studying  From there – salient themes will emerge - Themes: o Labour involved in family finances  Have to work hard to manage it  Using spreadsheets, spending hours tallying bills  Holding on to invoices, reading online info about family finances – becoming immersed in the literature and trying to become financial experts for their families o Moneywork led to stress and anxiety and was very time intensive for women o Economic inequalities in families  Inequality in terms of doing the labour in managing family finances  This management was defined as women’s household labour  Traditionally once the responsibility of men among middle class families – but in the last couple of decades women have replaced men as money managers in the middle class family o The new female money manager – increased involvement in family finances o Expert financial advice  Influenced how women thought about and approached family finances  Bought and read a lot of books – simple living, downscaling etc. suze orman, etc.  Women understanding the discourse of money and managing with an end goal – managing on one salary – the salary of the husband  This discourse emphasizes women’s moneywork and the constraining of women’s spending  Places the burden of economic survival on women more than on men  This discourse often sees dual-income families as materialistic o Ignores the reality that most families n
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