Financial affairs? Money management in same-sex relationships

Burns, M., Burgoyne, C. and Clarke, V. (2008) Financial affairs? Money management in same-sex relationships. Journal of Socio-Economics, 37 (2). pp. 481-501. ISSN 1053-5357 Available from:

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The present paper offers a qualitative analysis of how 22 co-habiting same-sex couples manage and think about their finances. Results show that partial-pooling and independent management are the most popular systems with emphasis placed on egalitarianism and devising a fair money management strategy. Significant income disparities between most partners necessitated the adoption of a system of proportional contributions to joint expenses. Despite attempts to equalise outcomes, an underlying norm of equality (characterised by equal contributions) paradoxically (re)produced the status and control of the higher earner in most cases. A degree of financial autonomy was an important ideal highlighting a valuing of co-independence rather than financial ‘merging’ for lesbian and gay couples.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:same-sex, household, money management, qualitative
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:12161
Deposited By: Dr V. Clarke
Deposited On:23 Nov 2010 12:44
Last Modified:04 Apr 2016 15:50

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