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Dividing the Domestic – Men, Women, and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Dividing the Domestic: Men, Women, and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective

Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnič


In this book, leading international scholars roll up their sleeves to investigate how culture and country characteristics permeate our households and our private lives. The book introduces novel frameworks for understanding why the household remains a bastion of traditional gender relations—even when employed full-time, women everywhere still do most of the work around the house, and poor women spend more time on housework than affluent women. Education systems, tax codes, labor laws, public polices, and cultural beliefs about motherhood and marriage all make a difference. Any accounting of “w ... More

Keywords: housework, households, gender relations, motherhood, marriage, social inequality, family, education systems, public policy, labor laws

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804763578
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Treas, editor

Sonja Drobnič, editor

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Part I Overview

Part II The Political Economy of Housework

Chapter Six Economic Inequality and Housework

Sanjiv Gupta, Marie Evertsson, Daniela Grunow, Magnus Nermo and Liana C. Sayer

Part III The Cultural Influences on Housework

Chapter Ten Pair Relationships and Housework

Karl Alexander Röhler and Johannes Huinink

Part IV The Evaluation of Cross-National Research on Housework