Conjugal Roles

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Conjugal roles marital roles of the husband and wife
Symmetrical family A family in which the roles of husband and wife are similar
Domestic Labour Housework and childcare
Dual Burden/ Dual shift Paid employment and domestic labour
Triple Shift Paid employment, domestic labour and emotional work
Time use studies Studies which examine on how long people spend on various activites
It is generally seen that the relationship between husband and wife in modern British
families is more equal than it was in the past. Husband and wife are seen to be splitting up
the tasks between them showing domestic division of labour. However sociologists are
keen to discover if this is reality of modern marriage or whether it is just a myth created by
the media.
Elizabeth Bott 1957 was one of the first sociologists to study conjugal roles. She identified
two types of conjugal roles; segregated and joint. Segregates conjugal roles exists when
husband and wife lead largely separated social lives and have different roles within the
home. Typical 19th/20th century, men were seen to be the breadwinner of the home and
women were seen to be the typical housewife. On the other hand joint conjugal roles is
very different, instead it is the sharing in responsibility, activities and
decisions. It is seen that men and women in today's society are now
sharing domestic labour.
Functionalists and New right argue that it is `natural' for women to be the housewife and
men be the breadwinner. Wilmott and Young 1973 argued that roles between husband and
wife were becoming increasingly similar and husband and wife now `shared' their work.

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Statistics showed that 72% men do housework other than washing up. It was argued that
division of labour was breaking down. However Feminist Ann Oakley argued against
Wilmott and Young as she was critical on the word `help'. Oakley carried out qualitative
research, involving in depth interviews with 40 (20 working class, 20 middle class) women
with one of more children under the age of 5 years old.…read more


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