9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Vulnerability, Childhood and Violence Building II, C6.02

Financially oppressive fathers have children

Economic abuse, financial/economic violence and economic coercion are concepts used in international research on men's violence against women, when conceptualizing men?s actions of financial power in intimate relationships. Focused research in this area is rare and the issue is often marginalized in research on violence or completely invisible as is often the case in research on women?s poverty. Even more remarkable is the almost total lack of interest in this issue from a child perspective. Children are in the violence and poverty research, where this issue is approached, seen mainly as an economic responsibility of women or completely neglected. Financially oppressive men are not seen as fathers. The same lack of visibility of the connection between these men?s actions and their children is found in research on child abuse and neglect. Especially research on neglect is a ?mother-blaming? field of research. This paper tries to bring these issues together in an analysis of earlier research, a task that also makes it necessary to approach a number of theoretical issues since there is a lot of conceptual confusion and lack of clarity in the ways this issue is discussed. A child perspective is used to contest that the focus of research on this matter is on adults as providers and provided for, rarely including children as individuals and actors.