School of Education, Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave., Washington, DC 20011.
Reflections on a Cross-National Qualitative Study of Within-Household Finances
Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2013
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2013
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 75, Issue 3, pages 640–650, June 2013
How to Cite
Nyman, C., Reinikainen, L. and Stocks, J. (2013), Reflections on a Cross-National Qualitative Study of Within-Household Finances. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 640–650. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12033
This article was edited by Fran Bennett.
- Issue online: 20 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 20 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 DEC 2011
- cross-national comparative research;
- family economics;
- family roles;
- housework/division of labor;
- qualitative research
This report presents some reflections on and experiences from a cross-national qualitative research project about within-household finances conducted by sociologists from Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The authors focus first on the challenges of making qualitative cross-national comparisons and argue for the importance of establishing a common understanding of methodological and theoretical aspects. They then go on to consider the relevance of political – cultural context for understanding within-household distribution of resources. They suggest that meanings of money are influenced by understandings of gender, which in turn influence and are influenced by welfare regimes. They then present a few outcomes from a cross-national analysis of results from Spain, Sweden, and the United States. They conclude the article by suggesting that comparisons on the level of results rather than on the level of primary data is a viable option for qualitative cross-national analysis.