Gender equality in ‘the most equal country in the world’?: Money and marriage in Sweden
1999 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, Vol. 47, no 4, 766-793 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyses how Swedish couples perceive the sharing of money and consumption between themselves and their partner. Interviews were conducted with ten Swedish married couples. Each spouse was interviewed separately about their incomes, financial organization, patterns of consumption, views about money and decision-making. Regardless of whether they pooled their incomes or kept money separately, all were in agreement about the importance of equal sharing and access to money and consumption. Despite stated goals of gender equality, however, consumption was not perceived as being shared equally. Two factors central to understanding this were the ways that daily finances were managed and the fact that women had responsibility for the daily finances of the family. Another important aspect was the ways that items of consumption were defined. Food and children's clothes were areas that were in a 'grey zone' regarding which money was used to pay for them, and they often fell to the woman. This practical responsibility and associated awareness of the family economy serve as obstacles to women's sense of entitlement and access to money for personal discretionary spending, a problem not experienced by men.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley Interscience , 1999. Vol. 47, no 4, 766-793 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3757DiVA: diva2:142619