Money, power and spending decisions in intimate relationships
Vogler, Carolyn M., 1950-, Lyonette, Clare, 1960- and Wiggins, Richard D.. (2008) Money, power and spending decisions in intimate relationships. The Sociological Review, Vol.56 (No.1). pp. 117-143. ISSN 0038-0261Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00779.x
Drawing on British data from the 2002 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) module on ‘Family and Changing Gender Roles’, this paper is an exploratory attempt to assess the extent to which newly emerging ‘individualised’ patterns of money management in intimate relationships, are coming to be associated with shifts towards greater equality between partners, in terms of who has the final say over large expenditure decisions, and the implications this has for overall satisfaction with the relationship and happiness with life in general. Our findings show that while in general, keeping money partly separate was associated with a relatively high level of male control, which was more visible to female respondents than male control in other systems, a minority of (sometimes) higher earning, cohabiting women with partly separate finances, were able to make autonomous decisions about spending, possibly by using their own personal spending money. However, the analysis also indicates that when either men or women made autonomous decisions about spending, both male and female respondents were less satisfied with family life, as well as with life in general, than those who made joint decisions.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Couples -- Finance, personal, Couples -- Finance, personal -- Psychological aspects, Home economics, Cost and standard of living, Equality|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The Sociological Review|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 117-143|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||R000239727 (ESRC)|
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