Money of her own: Women’s struggle for emancipation through their dealings with money

TitleMoney of her own: Women’s struggle for emancipation through their dealings with money
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBachmann, L
JournalJournal of comparative research in Anthropology and Sociology
Volume2
Issue1
Pagination1-15
ISSN2068-0317
Keywordscare of the self, family, gender, money, women
Abstract

Our study explores women’s appropriation of the democratic ideal of equality and autonomy as revealed through their handling of money within a couple-relationship. We based our study on 30 in-depth interviews with partners of heterosexual couples in [country]. Our results show that women problematize themselves in terms of their autonomy and equality between the sexes through their relationship with money. They are rooting a core issue concerning their emancipation in ordinary, everyday, and apparently insignificant gestures which are often invisible to a casual onlooker. What is being witnessed, therefore, is the gendered personalisation of a social issue, with women working towards their emancipation individually rather than collectively. Gender relations are thus being reshaped, integrating two contemporary values: women’s emancipation and the emphasis on the individual.

Refereed DesignationRefereed