Shifting theories: partial perspectives on the household

Ruwanpura, K.N (2007) Shifting theories: partial perspectives on the household. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31, (4), 525-538. (doi:10.1093/cje/bel032).


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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

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/cje/bel032
ISSNs: 1464-3545 (print)
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Keywords: female headship, ethnicity, household models, feminist economics, realist social theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 43736
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:17

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