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From obligations to negotiations: Reciprocity and reflexivity in informal financial support
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0872-8210
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2008 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 355-367Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the processes of informal support exchange in wider social network relationships with a particular focus on conditions that are of significance for financial support. The intention, with a point of departure in 24 qualitative interviews with single adults in Sweden, is to present an interactionist model to explain how such support is formed and how it can be analysed and understood. The article shows that such support is by no means purely dependent on financial considerations and resources. The types of relationship and the specific situations where individuals are placed in positions that demand reflection upon, and communication about, their need of support can be likened to a negotiation and are of equal importance. Furthermore, the provision of informal support is also influenced by moral and social norms relating to responsibility, care obligations, self-sufficiency and independence, that are, amongst others things, embedded in our social political system.

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2008. Vol. 11, no 4, p. 355-367
Keywords [en]
Reciprocity, negotiations, reflexivity, financial support, social networks
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3459DOI: 10.1080/13691450802075717ISI: 207680000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-57649215826Local ID: 5479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3459DiVA, id: diva2:28491
Available from: 2008-12-15 Created: 2008-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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