Relative value: the financing of families

Weinbren, Dan (1999). Relative value: the financing of families. Family & Community History, 2(1) pp. 59–71.



For most individuals financial survival depends upon luck, matching income to expenditure, paid work and the mobilisation of resources via a series of links acquired through kinship, neighbourliness, friendship, ethnicity, religion or shared interests. This is a guide to some of the secondary sources that discuss external resources: friendly societies, building societies, life insurance, businesses and the co-operative movement and the relationship of these to families. It draws attention to disparate studies and aims to encourage small-scale research.

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