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Revision timed Essay ­ Conjugal Roles

Roles Becoming Equal
Willmott and Young ­ The Symmetrical Family
They argue that the significant change is a result of the breakdown of the
extended family.
Family Structure Extended Nuclear

Work Roles Segregated Symmetrical

Division of Domestic Clearly divided Greater equality of
Tasks according…

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Stephen Edgell
Edgell's study cast doubt and supports criticisms of Young and Willmott's
idea that it was the middle class couples who are responsible for the changes.
Edgell studied middle class couples he interviewed both husbands and wives
from a sample of 38 professional couples.
Edgell asked them about who…

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Triple Shift ­ Duncombe and Marsden
Women are responsible for domestic labour and emotional labour as well as
their economic / paid work.

Duncombe and Marsden
Duncombe and Marsden studied the emotional side of marriages.
According to many women it is them and not their husbands that that are


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