‘It’s not like I ever use the money for me to go out and live the café lifestyle’: Pacific mothers talk about child support money

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dc.contributor.author Keil, Moeata en
dc.contributor.author Elizabeth, V en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-20T22:07:01Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-11-07 en
dc.identifier.citation JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES 15 pages 07 Nov 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 1322-9400 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48957 en
dc.description.abstract Much of the sociological literature on how child support is allocated and used engages with normative white Western understandings of family structure, the organization of gender relations, and the distribution and management of financial resources within that structure. There has been an absence of an examination of how mothers and fathers from ethnic minority communities navigate and negotiate uses of child support money. Drawing on interviews with nine Pacific mothers in receipt of or eligible to receive child support, this paper considers the differences between white Western and Pacific practices of money transfer within families, as well as discursive constructions of child support, to explore how Pacific mothers reconcile Pacific understandings of money with how they construct, allocate and use child support, and the extent to which this money is understood and treated as ‘special money’ (Zelizer, V. A. (1989). The social meaning of money: “Special monies”. American Journal of Sociology, 95(2), 342–377.). The mothers’ discussions of child support money emphasize child-centred spending priorities in ways that challenge practices associated the flow of money in Pacific families, but reaffirm their identities as ‘good’ mothers. This paper concludes by arguing that discursive constructions of child support operate in ways that constrain how the mothers in this study allocated and used child support money. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Family Studies en
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dc.title ‘It’s not like I ever use the money for me to go out and live the café lifestyle’: Pacific mothers talk about child support money en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13229400.2019.1689153 en
pubs.begin-page 1 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group en
pubs.end-page 15 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 785869 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Social Sciences en
dc.identifier.eissn 1839-3543 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-11-13 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2019-11-07 en

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