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Resources and decision making in households

Barrett and McIntosh - men gain from womens domestic work more than they give in financial support. Financial support was unpredictable and came with 'strings' attached. Men make decisions about spending on important items. 

Kempson - in low income families women denied own needs e.g. not going out, eating less, not eating in order to make ends meat. 

Money Mangement

feminists Pahl and Volger identify 2 types of control over income: the allowance system - where men give women an allowance from which they have to budget to meet families needs - any surplus goes back to male. Second is Pooling where both parents have access to income and joint responsibility for expenditure. 

Decision Making 

Pooled income controlled by husband as men have more power in major financial decissions. Pahl and Volger found even where pooling men still made most important financial decisions.

Hardill - important decisions made by man alone or jointly as his career took priority if looking for new job or house 

Finch - observed womens lives structured around husbands carreer 

Edgell - found that among profesional couples Very important decisions e.g. job


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