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Gender, class, emotional capital and consumption in family life

Silva, Elizabeth B. (2007). Gender, class, emotional capital and consumption in family life. In: Casey, Emma and Martine, Lydia eds. Gender and consumption: Domestic Cultures and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp. 141–162.

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This paper explores how gender and class are significant for the family as a unit of consumption. It merges empirical insight with theoretical conjecture to demonstrate how identity and consumption are inextricably bound, and how these inform women’s strategies of emotional investment. It explores the idea of the use and exchange value of emotional capital, expanding Pierre Bourdieu’s (1999) three fold characterisation of capital – economic, social and cultural - to interrogate the significance of gender and boundaries of class for family practices. The discussion is based on an in-depth family case study from a wider ethnographic investigation of home life in contemporary Britain. Three main themes are developed:
1) consumption, the self and value,
2) inclusion, exclusion and emotinal capital, and
3) diffferential assets and particular consumption

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Editors, 2007 Ashgate Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 0-7546-4386-7, 978-0-7546-4386-9
Extra Information: This title is also available as an ebook, ISBN 9780754684619
Keywords: gender; class; emotional capital; family life; consumption;
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 8963
Depositing User: Elizabeth Silva
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:05
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