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Everyday explanations for personal debt: a network approach

Lunt, Peter K. and Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 (2011) Everyday explanations for personal debt: a network approach. British Journal of Social Psychology, 30 (4). pp. 309-323. ISSN 0144-6665

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.1991.tb00948.x


Personal debt is a growing problem in modern Britain. There are increasing numbers of people with bad debts, leading to increasing bankruptcy and house repossession. As personal debt is frequently discussed, analysed and explained in both the mass media and everyday conversations, questions arise concerning the nature of people's beliefs, understandings and explanations of debt. Two studies are reported which examine social knowledge of debt amongst ordinary people. People's beliefs about the ways in which the causes of debt operate together as a psychosocial system are examined using network analysis. Implications for beliefs about societal and personal causes of debt, for judgements of social and individual control and responsibility, and for attributional approaches to complex belief systems are discussed.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1991 The British Psychological Society
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:32

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