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Exploring Power & Control in the Family

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Exploring Power & Control in the Family 1. The phrase "unequal division of labour" refers to when household tasks including childcare are not shared equally between husband and wife. 2. Item A confirms that a traditional sexual division of labour still exists in the modern family firstly by stating that women tend to do the majority of housework in the family and secondly by saying that men are shown to do more physical work such as gardening than women. 3. The sexual division of labour still exists because women are continuing to view housework and childcare as essential to being a "good housewife and mother". As men have less flexible work schedules which may be more demanding women are relied on to do the majority of the housework. ...read more.


This even appears to be the case when the man of the household is unemployed, leaving him with no job to prevent him doing housework. Oakley argues that Young and Willmott's claim of increasing symmetry amongst the family is based on inadequate methodology. (S)he says that this is because Young and Willmott's conclusions were based on only one interview question, which was worded in such a way, that it could exaggerate the amount of work done by me. Although Edgell found that decision making tended to be shared he also found that the decisions made by the women were about domestic spending and childrens clothes rather than the "major" decisions such as moving house or overall finance which were dominated by men. Young and Willmott, as well as Sullivan, carried out investigations in order to find out differences between the hours of work and leisure for men and women. ...read more.


In the early 1990's many sociologists believed that the role of the father was changing. They said that men were more likely to attend the childbirth and that they were more likely to play a greater role in childcare than their fathers did. In a back up to the views of these sociologists, Beck in 1992 claimed that men were no longer able to rely on their jobs to bring them a sense of fulfilment and identity, and that men were now looking towards their children to do this. Functionalists see the sexual division of labour in the home biologically inevitable. They claim that women are naturally suited to the caring and emotional role. In contrast, Marxist Feminists claim that the housewife role simply serves capitalism by providing the next labour power. Radical feminists see the first oppression being of women. Their role as housewives is created in patriarchy and serves men and their interests. Hannah Grant ...read more.

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