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You know, I want his opinion, I prefer him to make decisions really about buying things, if it's something big that's going to cost a lot of money. (A2, p. 35) The exceptional couple, Gill and Mark Carter, seem in reality to pool their money. Both feel able to take money for their own needs. This relaxed attitude is assisted by the fact that they are relatively well off; it is also perhaps assisted by another factor, Mark stays home to care for their baby son while Gill goes out to work. On the whole, however, it is the man of the house who controls the purse strings.

I don't have to write it down in a book, you know, like you hear some women do. They have to write down every halfpenny. He knows where the money goes, and that's why he'd never take the money over. He'd never go shopping because he said he wouldn't be able to cope. (C2, p. 62) Some men do indeed closely scrutinise their wife's ex{>enditure. A recent indication of this came from a survey (quoted in The Sunday Times Bwiness News, gjanuary 1977), 'The ShoppiQg Expedition', prepared for Marketing Maga;:,ine by Business Decisions: The survey found that nearly all the women interviewed complained bitterly about the lack of help from their husbands, but with resignation.

Their dream or objective is to open a handicrafts shop plus cafe, where they could sell their own produce. They would like to be self-sufficient and avoid the employee's experience of subordination, which is built into the employer-employee relationship. This specific form of individualism is common no doubt in particular social groups. Nevertheless if the form of their individualism sets them apart from the broad mass of people, the family based, private nature of their ambition does not. To some extent all families have exclusive objectives which influence the way family membel's interact with 'outsiders'.

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