Institutional processes and the production of gender inequalities: the case of Australian child support research and administration

Cook, Kay, Mckenzie, Hayley, Natalier, Kristin and Young, Lisa 2015, Institutional processes and the production of gender inequalities: the case of Australian child support research and administration, Critical social policy, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 512-534, doi: 10.1177/0261018315599731.

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Title Institutional processes and the production of gender inequalities: the case of Australian child support research and administration
Author(s) Cook, Kay
Mckenzie, HayleyORCID iD for Mckenzie, Hayley orcid.org/0000-0002-9871-3740
Natalier, Kristin
Young, Lisa
Journal name Critical social policy
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 512
End page 534
Total pages 23
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 0261-0183
1461-703X
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Social Issues
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences - Other Topics
child maintenance
evidence-based policy
separated parents
social inequality
welfare administration
POLICY
FAMILIES
Summary This article analyses the administrative and research capture of child support data as a case study of how institutional data collection processes are performative in perpetuating gendered inequalities. We compare interviews with 19 low-income single mothers and their longitudinal survey responses from the same research to reveal how low-income women strategically or inadvertently ‘smoothed’ their experiences when responding to data collection processes. This directly resulted in material and symbolic costs in the form of reduced welfare benefits and limited evidence with which to lobby for policy reform. These processes in turn provided benefits to fathers and the state in the form of reduced child support liabilities and enforcement action, and welfare outlays, respectively. We conclude that current administrative and research data collection practices provide a limited and gendered evidence base for administrative justice and policy reform.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0261018315599731
Field of Research 1605 Policy And Administration
1606 Political Science
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920501
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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