2 - Past and Current Research

Francine M. Deutsch, Ruth A. Gaunt

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Chapter 2 reviews the extant theory and research on domestic labor including scholarship on relative resources, time availability, gender ideology, national context, and doing gender. It then argues that all of these theories are inadequate to explain how some couples are able to achieve equality, and proposes instead to examine the everyday interactions by which couples undo gender.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Equality at Home
Subtitle of host publicationHow 25 Couples around the World Share Housework and Childcare
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781108597319
ISBN (Print)9781108708845
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • cross-cultural
  • doing gender
  • domestic labor
  • family policy
  • gender ideology
  • relative resources
  • time availability
  • undoing gender


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