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Household Strategies in Southeast European Societies in the Period of Economic Crisis

Household Strategies in Southeast European Societies in the Period of Economic Crisis IntroductionHousehold strategies are not a current focus for researchers working in the social sciences. But in our estimation, they will soon be so again. Households mostly gain the attention of researchers when, during periods of social change, economic and social crises or the dissolution of institutional orders, these ‘invisible’ social actors are expected to take on almost the entire burden of ensuring survival. It is only then that these miniature, daily practices—how decisions are made regarding the household and the division of labour within it, the use of various resources with the aim of ensuring the survival, reproduction or improvement of the household, participation in the informal economy and household production to meet the requirements of household members, as well as a reduction in consumption or a change in the manner of consumption—also become topics of interest for researchers dealing with global social processes, and not only those whose main focus is on households.In her influential article, Claire Wallace convincingly shows how household strategy analysis can be a very useful tool for the analysis of different societies and social groups, in at least three ways. First, household strategy can be used as a concept that takes account of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Südosteuropa de Gruyter

Household Strategies in Southeast European Societies in the Period of Economic Crisis

Südosteuropa , Volume 65 (3): 10 – Sep 26, 2017

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de Gruyter
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© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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0722-480X
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2364-933X
DOI
10.1515/soeu-2017-0030
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IntroductionHousehold strategies are not a current focus for researchers working in the social sciences. But in our estimation, they will soon be so again. Households mostly gain the attention of researchers when, during periods of social change, economic and social crises or the dissolution of institutional orders, these ‘invisible’ social actors are expected to take on almost the entire burden of ensuring survival. It is only then that these miniature, daily practices—how decisions are made regarding the household and the division of labour within it, the use of various resources with the aim of ensuring the survival, reproduction or improvement of the household, participation in the informal economy and household production to meet the requirements of household members, as well as a reduction in consumption or a change in the manner of consumption—also become topics of interest for researchers dealing with global social processes, and not only those whose main focus is on households.In her influential article, Claire Wallace convincingly shows how household strategy analysis can be a very useful tool for the analysis of different societies and social groups, in at least three ways. First, household strategy can be used as a concept that takes account of the

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Südosteuropade Gruyter

Published: Sep 26, 2017

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