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Geographies of family formations: spatial differences and gender cultures in Britain

Geographies of family formations: spatial differences and gender cultures in Britain The significance of national differences in family formations has been addressed through the social policy debate over women’s position in different welfare state regimes. However, the nature and effects of sub–national family geographies remains under–researched. In this paper we use census mapping to describe regional and local differences in partnering and parenting within Britain. We develop an index of the ‘Motherhood Employment Effect’ to indicate different geographical levels of adherence to the ‘traditional’ male breadwinner/female homemaker family, and use a ‘Family Conventionality’ index to describe geographical differences in the social evaluation of marriage. The geography of family formations thus described does not follow the better known ‘north–south’ or ‘urban–rural’ geographies of economic performance and prosperity. We use the example of Lancashire and Yorkshire to explore further the socio–economic associations of this family geography, employing additional indicators of ‘household conventionality’ and ‘family restructuring’. Finally, we speculate as to how this relatively unfamiliar family geography may be related to the existence of regional gender cultures, and briefly outline some implications for social policy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 2002
ISSN
0020-2754
eISSN
1475-5661
DOI
10.1111/1475-5661.00066
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Abstract

The significance of national differences in family formations has been addressed through the social policy debate over women’s position in different welfare state regimes. However, the nature and effects of sub–national family geographies remains under–researched. In this paper we use census mapping to describe regional and local differences in partnering and parenting within Britain. We develop an index of the ‘Motherhood Employment Effect’ to indicate different geographical levels of adherence to the ‘traditional’ male breadwinner/female homemaker family, and use a ‘Family Conventionality’ index to describe geographical differences in the social evaluation of marriage. The geography of family formations thus described does not follow the better known ‘north–south’ or ‘urban–rural’ geographies of economic performance and prosperity. We use the example of Lancashire and Yorkshire to explore further the socio–economic associations of this family geography, employing additional indicators of ‘household conventionality’ and ‘family restructuring’. Finally, we speculate as to how this relatively unfamiliar family geography may be related to the existence of regional gender cultures, and briefly outline some implications for social policy.

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Transactions of the Institute of British GeographersWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2002

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