Money, Couples and the Self
A key part of our enquiry into the lives of young same-sex couples focused on the question of money management. In this chapter we explore whether practices and meanings of money appear to be different to understandings derived from studies of heterosexual relationships. The question of money management has been a significant one in studies of heterosexual relationships for some time (Nyman and Dema, 2007). Money and how it is handled between men and women, especially in marriage, became a foundational framework for explorations of gender inequalities hidden within the private sphere. Money was and is associated with power in heterosexual couples (Burgoyne, 1990; Vogler, 1998; Vogler and Pahl, 1994). Here we explore whether money and power can be equated in the same way for same-sex couples and consider whether other meanings can be derived from the practices they engage in.