Couples - Domestic division of labor

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FEMINIST view of HOUSEWORK

  • Reject MOP view
  • Men only help wives once a week (OAKLEY)
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OAKLEY: RISE of the HOUSEWIFE

  • Enforced dependence on men
  • Still womens primary role
  • Industiralisation lead to the seperation of paid work
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JOINT and SEGREGATED ROLES

  • Joint - couples share tasks and therefore thier leisure times are the same
  • Seperated - couples carry out seperate taks therefore not being able to spend leisure times together
  • BOTT
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INSTRUMENTAL and EXPRESSIVE ROLES

  • PARSONS
  • Men take greater share in domestic tasks (YOUNG AND WILLMOTT - Symmetrical family)
  • Wives have expressive roles
  • Husbands take on the instrumental role
  • Division of labor is based on biological differences
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SYMMETRICAL Family

  • YOUNG AND WILLMOTT
  • Couples spend leisure times together
  • Women now work
  • Men now help with housework

REASONS

  • Higher standards of living
  • Geographical mobility
  • Position of women
  • New technology
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