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Zertifikat "audit berufundfamilie"

Inhaltsbereich: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung

Money and the dynamics of intimate relationships


"Since the mid twentieth century a lot has changed in the way couples live together. The employment rates of women have increased dramatically and the male-breadwinner/female-housekeeper-model regressed. Compared to the bourgeois ideal of the family (Parsons and Bales, 1955) the question of how to live together in intimate relationships has become one of individual reflection, choice and decision (see Giddens, 1992; Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, 1995). Against this background of this progress this chapter attempts to illuminate the dynamics of intimate relationships, the processes between the partners and the development of couples over the course of time from a micro-sociological perspective with regard to the couple's dealing with money and its effects on (designing) the biographies of the (individuals-in-)couple. For this purpose, some results that stem from a qualitative panel study of dual-earner couples will be reported in this chapter." (Text excerpt, IAB-Doku) ((en))


Bibliographical information

Ruiner, Caroline; Hirseland, Andreas; Schneider, Werner (2011): Money and the dynamics of intimate relationships. In: R. Jallinoja & E. D. Widmer (Eds.), Families and kinship in contemporary Europe. Rules and practices of relatedness, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 147-162.