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Fathers and financial risk-taking during the economic downturn: insights from a QLL study of men's identities-in-the-making

Henwood, Karen Linda ORCID:, Shirani, Fiona Jane and Coltart, Carrie 2010. Fathers and financial risk-taking during the economic downturn: insights from a QLL study of men's identities-in-the-making. 21st Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences 5 (2) , pp. 137-147. 10.1080/17450141003783355

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Coverage of the economic downturn has focused on its immediate impact, yet change often takes time to emerge. Based on a qualitative longitudinal (QLL) study, this paper explores the ways in which people experience, understand, make adaptations to, and live out their daily lives. It presents three men's accounts of how they have been affected by the economic downturn over the first year of fatherhood; a time when the demands of economic provision are often amplified. The case studies illustrate how changing economic circumstances have made previously routine expectations increasingly risky. These men aimed to provide the ‘best start’ for their children as a non-negotiable aspect of good fatherhood. However, the recession meant that providing this involved financial risk-taking. Presenting the data in a case study format enables us to illustrate the subjective experience of change over time, and consider how larger processes of social change are played out through individual trajectories. The benefits of longitudinal data collection in a period of social and economic change are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1745-0144
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2022 13:17

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