Financial trajectories: how parents and children discussed the impact of the recession.

MacLean, Alice, Harden, Jeni and Backett-Milburn, Kathryn (2010) Financial trajectories: how parents and children discussed the impact of the recession. Contemporary Social Science, 5 (2). pp. 159-170. ISSN 2158-2041

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This paper presents findings from a qualitative longitudinal study which investigated processes of negotiation between parents and their primary school-aged children in addressing issues raised by working parenthood. Three waves of fieldwork were conducted with 14 families living in Scotland under differing socio-economic and labour market conditions. Individual interviews were conducted with parents and children at waves 1 and 3, while wave 2 entailed family interviews. Experiences of unfolding conditions of economic uncertainty and recession were explored with a focus on how families were making sense of these changes in terms of their personal projects, aims and challenges. The data revealed three types of recession experience and showed how, within each, notions of economising or adapting to changing economic circumstances were articulated and incorporated into everyday family practices to differing extents. The findings also demonstrate the importance of understanding families' reactions to the recession against the backdrop of their financial histories and anticipated futures

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 2158-2041
Electronic ISSN: 2158-205X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Negotiation; parents; children; working parenthood; recession;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Science and Health Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 305 Social groups
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Item ID: 4870
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 11:22
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 10:50

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