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How might universal basic income influence gender roles? Exploring gender similarities and differences in the imagination of a basic income future scenario

Terbonssen, M (2017) How might universal basic income influence gender roles? Exploring gender similarities and differences in the imagination of a basic income future scenario.

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Abstract:Aim of this study was to explore how basic income might influence gender roles through investigating gender similarities and differences in the perception of flourishing in a universal basic income (UBI) future scenario. UBI might provide the financial basis for the fulfilment of basic needs and the attainment of personal goals. This could increase the probability of flourishing especially for women due to the promotion of gender equality. In this paper, a future-oriented approach was adopted. Using a purposive sampling, seven women and six men were selected. In two workshops the subjects wrote a letter from a future where they received UBI. For qualitative analysis of these letters, codes derived deductively from concepts that belong to flourishing on the basis of three dimensions of well-being and inductively on the basis of the letter content. Then, a comparative analysis of codes between letters of men and women was presented. Results revealed gender commonalities especially in emotional and psychological well-being. Differences concerned the level of subjectivity with which the UBI scenario was perceived: Whereas women experienced the support of UBI on a very personal level, men referred comparably more to others, expressing their desire of to spend more time with their family in the alternate UBI future. This indicates that a change in traditional roles might occur with UBI due to the ability to choose priorities autonomously, which might increase the ability of flourishing.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72508
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