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Dividing the domestic : men, women, and household work in cross-national perspective /
edited by Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnič.
imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
description
xv, 261 p.
ISBN
0804763577 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804763578 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
isbn
0804763577 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804763578 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Why study housework? / Judith Treas -- Trends in housework / Liana C. Sayer -- Women's employment and housework / Tanja van der Lippe -- The politics of housework / Lynn Prince Cooke -- Can state policies produce equality in housework? / Shirley Dex -- Economic inequality and housework / Sanjiv Gupta ... [et al.] -- Cultural and institutional contexts / Birgit Pfau-Effinger -- Beliefs about maternal employment / Maria Charles and Erin Cech -- The institution of marriage / Carrie Yodanis -- Pair relationships and housework / Karl Alexander Röhler and Johannes Huinink -- Men's and women's reports about housework / Claudia Geist -- Concluding thoughts on the societal context of housework / Sonja Drobnič.
catalogue key
7223391
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"For over 30 years, who does what in the heterosexual, married household has been a serious topic of sociological study . . . This volume is a good beginning for the graduate student or researcher who wishes to go beyond the confines of U.S.-based analyses."--Sarah Fenstermaker, Contemporary Sociology
"Overall, this book is a wonderful resource for scholars interested in gender, paid and domestic labor, and cross-national comparison. The book is especially strong on the comparison of countries with Western Europe, the United States, and Canada . . . Treas and Drobnic have carefully chosen to include a series of topics written by thoughtful researchers that help add significantly to our understanding of domestic labor and gender inequality around the world."--Amanda J. Miller, Journal of Comparative Family Studies
"There are surprising results embedded in this thought-provoking book examining variations in institutional and cultural contexts on gender relations in the home. It's immensely enjoyable from cover to cover and could very well become the standard source
"There are surprising results embedded in this thought-provoking book examining variations in institutional and cultural contexts on gender relations in the home. It's immensely enjoyable from cover to cover and could very well become the standard source on cross-national domestic labor patterns."Janeen Baxter, The University of Queensland
"Studies on work, education, and politics often fall short when it comes to theorizing about unpaid caring and domestic work, despite the fact that this type of work provides critical context for production and is the key to reproduction! This vital book compares variations in housework hours and shares of housework hours in the context of policy differences across a wide range of countries. How could it fail to be exciting and important?"Frances Goldscheider, University of Maryland
"Studies on work, education, and politics often fall short when it comes to theorizing about unpaid caring and domestic work, despite the fact that this type of work provides critical context for production and is the key to reproduction! This vital book compares variations in housework hours and shares of housework hours in the context of policy differences across a wide range of countries. How could it fail to be exciting and important?"--Frances Goldscheider, University of Maryland
"There are surprising results embedded in this thought-provoking book examining variations in institutional and cultural contexts on gender relations in the home. It's immensely enjoyable from cover to cover and could very well become the standard source on cross-national domestic labor patterns."--Janeen Baxter, The University of Queensland
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Summaries
Main Description
InDividing the Domestic, leading international scholars roll up their sleeves to investigate how culture and country characteristics permeate our households and our private lives. The book introduces novel frameworks for understanding why the household remains a bastion of traditional gender relationseven when employed full-time, women everywhere still do most of the work around the house, and poor women spend more time on housework than affluent women. Education systems, tax codes, labor laws, public polices, and cultural beliefs about motherhood and marriage all make a difference. Any accounting of "who does what" needs to consider the complicity of trade unions, state arrangements for children's schooling, and new cultural prescriptions for a happy marriage. With its cross-national perspective, this pioneering volume speaks not only to sociologists concerned with gender and family, but also to those interested in scholarship on states, public policy, culture, and social inequality.
Main Description
In Dividing the Domestic, leading international scholars roll up their sleeves to investigate how culture and country characteristics permeate our households and our private lives. The book introduces novel frameworks for understanding why the household remains a bastion of traditional gender relations--even when employed full-time, women everywhere still do most of the work around the house, and poor women spend more time on housework than affluent women. Education systems, tax codes, labor laws, public polices, and cultural beliefs about motherhood and marriage all make a difference. Any accounting of "who does what" needs to consider the complicity of trade unions, state arrangements for children's schooling, and new cultural prescriptions for a happy marriage. With its cross-national perspective, this pioneering volume speaks not only to sociologists concerned with gender and family, but also to those interested in scholarship on states, public policy, culture, and social inequality.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Authorsp. xi
Overview
Why Study Housework?p. 3
Trends in Houseworkp. 19
The Political Economy of Housework
Women's Employment and Houseworkp. 41
The Politics of Houseworkp. 59
Can State Politicies Produce Equality in Housework?p. 79
Economic Inequality and Houseworkp. 105
The Cultural Influences on Housework
Cultural and Institutional Contextsp. 125
Beliefs about Maternal Employmentp. 147
The Institution of Marriagep. 175
Pair Relationships and Houseworkp. 192
The Evaluation of Cross-National Research on Housework
Men's and Women's Reports about Houseworkp. 217
Concluding Thoughts on the Societal Context of Houseworkp. 241
Indexp. 253
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