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Phoebe Secker 12DEOther Sociology Case Studies22/10/2011
Breen and Cooke- (December 2004) Three Types of men and women.
Traditional Women- Most traditional gender ideology and expected to take on the majority
of domestic tasks, even when they are breadwinners themselves.
Transitional Women- resent the majority of women, those who work full time when they're
single, but after marriage they stay at home with pre-school children, then they return to
employment, often part-time, as their children grow up.
Autonomous Women- Have both an alternative to marriage in the first place and viable
economic alternatives when married. These women have either a career or access to other
means of support that minimise their dependence on their partner's earnings.
Hardliners- Have such strong views on gender that they would rather see their marriage end
in divorce or separation than make a significant contribution to domestic work and childcare.
They see their main role as the breadwinner and adhere to the traditional role of domestic
Adjusters- Prefer not to do domestic work, but will undertake this rather than their family
through divorce.
Co-operators- Consist of a relatively small proportion of men, who are willing to participate
fully in domestic labour.
Hays (2006) - Mothers, Sure start.
o Many mothers who used the sure start centres were in paid work where the jobs they had
gave them little flexibility, (unlike many middle-class professional jobs.)
o As a result these mothers were open to charges of not spending time with their children.
o 26 of the families they researched had a child in full-time nursery care.
o Full time nursery care for under 3's has recently been criticised (Sylva and Mather's 2007.)
They women are good citizens and workers, but there mothering could come into
Douglas and Michaels (2004)
All mothers measure themselves against unrealistic standards and against other mothers.
If you have time, money and resources you can get people to help you (e.g. pay for a nanny)
but for the majority this is not an option.

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Phoebe Secker 12DEOther Sociology Case Studies22/10/2011
Childcare and Grandparents facts:-
In the UK there are around 14million grandparents, 7million of who are over 65.
One in Three families are dependent on grandparents for some childcare.
Around 25% of those over 65 are depended upon grandparents for childcare, and about
45% of those grandparents younger 54 years provide regular child care.
Almost half of all lone parent families depend on grandparents for childcare.
2/3 of parents want their child care to be done by their parents.…read more


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