Coping with hard times: The role that support networks play for lone mother families in times of economic crisis and government austerity

James Canton

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Abstract

This article describes how lone mother families use their personal relationships to adapt to changing conditions in the wider society and economy. During the period 2007–15, the UK experienced insecurity in the labour market, a rising cost of living, radical welfare reforms and a diminished standard of living for many. Hard times such as these put the spotlight on questions related to how vulnerable groups such as lone mothers experience, cope with, and adapt to socioeconomic crises. This article addresses such questions by drawing on qualitative evidence collected through in-depth interviews with 30 lone mothers. The article documents the experiences of these lone-mother families living through economic recession and austerity. The evidence suggests that whether or not a given lone mother is able to cope with and adapt to hard times is linked to her capacity to create, sustain and mobilise a social support network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Government austerity
  • Lone mothers
  • Recession
  • Relationships
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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