Potential versus Reality: the importance of resources in challenging gendered family practices

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Abstract

Family life is recognised as a central domain for the achievement of greater gender equality. Transformations in fatherhood policies have been key in signalling the value of both mothers and fathers as parents and reflecting new discourses about the ability and need for men and women to care. Meanwhile persistent inequalities in this sphere — in relation to the undertaking of practical care, and overall responsibility for household management — have been suggested as limits on progress. This article draws on studies in the UK that examine the relationship between gender, parenting, and poverty to suggest that overall empirical evidence continues to highlight the ongoing ways in which the allocation of financial resources within households, and the nature and extent of parental obligations to children, result in mothers continuing to do more in ways that seem unlikely to be further transformed without significant intervention and a shift in focus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalSociologica
Volume12
Issue number3
Early online date13 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre

Keywords

  • families
  • fathers
  • households
  • money
  • mothers
  • parenting
  • policy
  • poverty

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