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'It's Not Just About the Money': Non-resident Fathers' Perspectives on Paying Child Support


Natalier, K and Hewitt, B, 'It's Not Just About the Money': Non-resident Fathers' Perspectives on Paying Child Support, Sociology, 44, (3) pp. 489-505. ISSN 0038-0385 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0038038510362470


This article explores the question 'Why do fathers resist paying child support?' through interviews with 26 separated or divorced non-residential fathers in Australia. Drawing on Zelizer's typology we argue that the men in this study attempt to define child support as a gift - a payment that emphasizes the power and beneficence of the payer and the obligation of the receiver - but struggle to do so in legal and bureaucratic structures that position its receipt as an entitlement. The tension between child support as a gift and child support as entitlement is informed by gendered power over money, a key element of fathering in traditional and non-traditional family structures.The payment and non-payment of child support is used to reinforce the economic dimensions of fathering identities and define family relationships in remarkably traditional ways. © The Author(s) 2010.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Natalier, K (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:74797
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-12-14
Last Modified:2015-02-20
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