Balancing separation and jointness of money in relationships: the design of bank accounts in Australia and India

Singh, S 2009, 'Balancing separation and jointness of money in relationships: the design of bank accounts in Australia and India' in N. Aykin (ed.) Internationalization, Design and Global Development: Third International Conference, IDGD 2009, held as part of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2009, Springer, New York, United States, pp. 505-514.


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Title Balancing separation and jointness of money in relationships: the design of bank accounts in Australia and India
Author(s) Singh, S
Year 2009
Title of book Internationalization, Design and Global Development: Third International Conference, IDGD 2009, held as part of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2009
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) N. Aykin
Start page 505
End page 514
Subjects Social Change
Summary Personal bank accounts are an important way of signaling the separation, ownership, control and management of money. They are howeverf a blunt instrument for balancing the separateness and jointness of money in relationships. This paper draws on the author's research on money and banking in Australia and India to describe the ways in which middle-income urban familes in Australia and India use bank accounts in personal relationships. The paper points to ways that bank account holders can retain control by setting the limits to which information and money in the account can be shared with a designated person for a set time limit. It is submitted that having this partial shared account, together with existing personal accounts, will fit social practice, and help reflect the changing balance of separateness and jointness of money across a person's life stage.
Copyright notice © 2009 Springer-Verlag
Keyword(s) Australia
India
joint accounts
jointness
separateness
ISBN 9783642027666
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