26 - Undoing Gender: Different Cultures, Similar Stories

Francine M. Deutsch, Ruth A. Gaunt

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This chapter describes the ways in which couples undo gender by resisting the mandate for men to prioritize paid work while women prioritize care. In contrast, in diverse cultures couples created equality when men forged an unconventional relation to paid work (e.g., working part-time or passing up promotions that interfere with family life), when they took on stereotypically maternal care tasks (e.g., diapering and comforting), when women freely shared the “maternal” role, when they insisted that their jobs/careers were as important as their partners’, and when couples shared housework.

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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  • baby care
  • career equity
  • cross-cultural
  • fatherhood
  • housework
  • maternal
  • paid work
  • Undoing gender


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