Lone Motherhood, Poverty and the Meaning of Money

Afnan Attrash-Najjar, Einat Lavee, Ariel Wilkis, Roni Strier

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Lone-mother–headed families are key targets of poverty research and financial coaching training programs worldwide. Yet, despite the centrality of this population in poverty studies, there is little research on how this population construes the meaning of money in developed economies. This article focuses on the social construction of money among low-income lone mothers in Israel—a highly market-oriented, neoliberal economy. Based on a qualitative analysis, the study found five main representations of money: survival money, motherhood money, earned money, coping money, and resistance to dominant views of money. Our findings confirm the notion that money exists outside the sphere of the market and has contextualized meanings reflecting gender as well as cultural and social structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-111
Number of pages18
JournalAffilia - Feminist Inquiry in Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2024

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  • lone mothers
  • motherhood
  • poverty
  • social construction of money
  • sociology of money

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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