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Households, families, and structural inequalities: Reflections on “How the other half lives”

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., 2020.

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Tivers landmark paper about the geographical study of women published in Area in 1978 raised significant issues for the discipline when it was published. I review Tivers paper and draw attention to three issues that remain pertinent for geographers. First, I explore the need to be critical about the concept of the household. Second, I reflect on the attention that geographers have given to the family. Finally, I re-emphasise the importance of continuing to focus on structural inequalities as Tivers initially suggested in 1978.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hopkins P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2020

Volume: 52

Issue: 4

Pages: 806-811

Print publication date: 16/12/2020

Online publication date: 30/06/2020

Acceptance date: 19/06/2020

Date deposited: 06/07/2020

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.


DOI: 10.1111/AREA.12644


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