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Dividing the DomesticMen, Women, and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective$
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Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnič

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763578

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763578.001.0001

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Pair Relationships and Housework

Pair Relationships and Housework

(p.192) Chapter Ten Pair Relationships and Housework
Dividing the Domestic

Karl Alexander Röhler

Johannes Huinink

Stanford University Press

Men and women have contradicting attitudes toward maternal employment and division of housework. To address this discrepancy between attitudes and behavior, this chapter examines the cultural changes in marital ideals and studies the different coping strategies in dealing with labor division within the household. It explains labor division stability in pair relationships and explores the possibilities for initiating long-term change in housework-related behavior. It draws upon the comparison between East and West Germany, where differences in norms pertaining to gender roles and relations persistently exist.

Keywords:   maternal employment, housework, cultural changes, marital ideals, labor division, household, East Germany, West Germany, gender, pair relationships

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