The household is a ubiquitous unit of analysis across the social sciences. In policy,
research and practice, households are often considered a link between individuals and the
structures that they interact with on a daily basis. Yet, researchers often take the household for
granted as something that means the same thing to everyone across contexts. As the household
has never truly been a static unit of analysis, we need to revisit the household to ensure that
we are still capturing what it means to be part of a household – especially if we are engaging
in research where we aim to compare households across time and space. We analyse how the
concept of the household has been used over time and identify areas, such as migration and
urbanisation, where we need to ensure conceptual clarity. We use our field notes and ethnographic
interviews to show the challenges of such an analysis.
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