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Women's child support labour: provisioning and the gendered work of negotiating child support transfers


Cook, K and McKenzie, H and Natalier, K, Women's child support labour: provisioning and the gendered work of negotiating child support transfers, TASA 2014 Conference Proceedings, 24-27 November, Adeliade, pp. 1-9. ISBN 9780646927350 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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The Australian Child Support Scheme is marked by high levels of debt and unreliable, partial and non-payment, which exacerbate mothersí financial insecurity. These issues are primarily explored through a focus on fathersí willingness and ability to pay child support, with little acknowledgement of mothersí efforts and agency in managing its transfer. In this paper we synthesize data from three in-depth interview studies with women who were due to receive child support to describe mothersí negotiation of the receipt and use of child support. We argue that womenís efforts are a form of labour. There are four dimensions of child support labour: emotion work, information work, interaction work and budget work. We conclude that this labour produces outcomes that can benefit them and their children but through inter-personal and structural disparities in socio-economic power, men also benefit from this work.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
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:97300
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-12-10
Last Modified:2015-09-04
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