Decision Making Mindmap

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  • Power over decision making and finances in the family: equal or not?
    • Feminists
      • Hardill - 1997
        • Found that the important decisions are normally made by the man alone
        • Studied 30 dual-career professional couples
        • Man's career usually took priority
      • Pahl and Vogler - 1993, 2007
        • 2 money storing methods
          • Pooling - both partners have access to income and are responsible for spending on household necessities
          • Allowance - man gives woman an allowance for her to budget from to meet the family's needs
        • Found that even where there was pooling, man still made major financial decisions
      • Finch - 1983
        • Women's lives tend to be structured around their husbands careers
      • Barrett and McIntosh - 1991
        • Financial support from husbands is often unpredictable and comes with 'strings attached'
        • Men gain more from women's domestic work as they give back in financial support
        • Men usually make the decisions about spending on important items
      • Edgell - 1980
        • Very important decisions - made by husband or jointly (still having the final say)
          • e.g. finance
        • Important decisions usually taken jointly or by wife alone
          • e.g. education
        • Less important decisions - made by wife only
          • e.g. home decor
      • Crompton and Lyonette - 2008
        • Economic Explanation
          • Men earn more so they have more say - evidence by Laurie and Gershuny
        • Cultural Explanation
          • They argue that in patriarchal society, men being decision makers is deeply engrained in society and is instilled through gender role socialisation
      • Laurie and Gershuny - 2000
        • Argues the situation is improving (70% of couples have equal say)
          • BUT only in couples where the woman is the higher earner
    • Personal Life Perspective
      • Weeks - 2001
        • Typical patter was pooling money for household spending, with separate accounts for personal spending
          • reflects co-independence
      • Carol Smart - 2007
        • Some gay couples attached no importance to who controls money
          • Could be because there's no traditional expectations in relationship


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