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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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Cultural and Institutional Contexts

Cultural and Institutional Contexts

(p.125) Chapter Seven Cultural and Institutional Contexts
Dividing the Domestic

Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Stanford University Press

This chapter identifies the theoretical framework for explaining cross-national differences in the ways in which housework and care work are organized in a society. It begins with a brief outline of the ways in which child care is organized in European societies and then introduces the explanatory framework for cross-national differences in household work and child care. Finally, the chapter discusses how differences in the cultural context and welfare state policies in European societies and the way in which they interact explain the differences in the organization of child care and gender division of labor within the family.

Keywords:   cross-national differences, housework, care work, child care, household work, welfare state policies, gender, labor, European societies

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