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Poor mothers and lonely single males: the ‘essentially’ excluded women and men of Australia

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Abstract


  • It is unclear how much gendered social exclusion and disconnection reflects a problem

    or a preference. Women may prefer market-disengagement despite the risk of exclusion

    from ‘normal’ social activities through financial incapacity, and men may prefer marketengagement

    despite the risk of disconnection from informal social networks. This article

    examines these issues amongst Australian men and women. It finds women, particularly

    single and low-income mothers, are more socially excluded, and men, particularly single

    middle-aged men, are the most socially disconnected, after preferences. Future policy

    should be cognisant of contact preferences, intra-household support dynamics, long work

    hours and prevailing gender norms.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Wong, M. (2013). Poor mothers and lonely single males: the ‘essentially’ excluded women and men of Australia. Social Policy and Society, 12 (2), 221-239.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894213365

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1166&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/162

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 221

End Page


  • 239

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • It is unclear how much gendered social exclusion and disconnection reflects a problem

    or a preference. Women may prefer market-disengagement despite the risk of exclusion

    from ‘normal’ social activities through financial incapacity, and men may prefer marketengagement

    despite the risk of disconnection from informal social networks. This article

    examines these issues amongst Australian men and women. It finds women, particularly

    single and low-income mothers, are more socially excluded, and men, particularly single

    middle-aged men, are the most socially disconnected, after preferences. Future policy

    should be cognisant of contact preferences, intra-household support dynamics, long work

    hours and prevailing gender norms.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Wong, M. (2013). Poor mothers and lonely single males: the ‘essentially’ excluded women and men of Australia. Social Policy and Society, 12 (2), 221-239.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894213365

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1166&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/162

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 221

End Page


  • 239

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom