Social reproduction strategies: Understanding compound inequality in the intergenerational transfer of capital, assets and resources

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Nunn, Alexander and Tepe-Belfrage, Daniela 2019. Social reproduction strategies: Understanding compound inequality in the intergenerational transfer of capital, assets and resources. Capital and Class. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816819880795
AuthorsNunn, Alexander and Tepe-Belfrage, Daniela
Abstract

This paper focuses on the way that households respond to ‘global pressures’ by adapting their social reproduction strategies (SRS). We understand SRS to encapsulate the more or less consciously developed day-to-day and inter-generational responses to the social conditions that households confront and their own motivations and aspirations for the future. Yet, due to a range of extant inequalities of accumulated and dynamic resources – some of which are material and some of which are at once ethereal and embodied in the concrete labouring capacities of individuals – we argue that SRS and capacities to pursue them differ widely. Differences are conditioned by positionality, access to information and the construction of ‘economic imaginaries’ as well as material resources. By looking at these different expressions of SRS we highlight how they reinforce macro-scale socio-economic pressures, creating what we term ‘compound inequality’ into the future. Compound inequalities result from different behavioural responses to socio-economic conditions, inequality and (perceived or real) insecurity, which have the potential to exaggerate inequality and insecurity into the future. Inequalities do not just arise from formal economic markets then but also from the realm of social reproduction.

KeywordsCultural Capital; Social Mobility; Inequality; Social Reproduction; Social Reproduction Strategies; Bourdieau; Marx; Feminism; Compund Inequality
Year2019
JournalCapital and Class
PublisherSage
ISSN03098168
20410980
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816819880795
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624277
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
hdl:10545/624277
Publication dates30 Oct 2019
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Deposited31 Oct 2019, 10:15
Accepted20 Sep 2019
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and University of Liverpool
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