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Conjugal Roles AIMS In this particular study I will examine the concept of equality in marriage. I will use Bott's theories as a basis for my study. My aim is to find if chores are equally shared between men and women in Upper Newbolds households. My motivation has arisen by an observation of my mother undertaking all the domestic chores. I am interested to see if other families are similar or if conjugal roles are implemented in these households. My study is part of a wider debate which links social networks and class with conjugal roles. [93 words] CONTEXT AND CONCEPTS I will use Bott's theories so I can relate close-knit networks and lose-knit networks with conjugal roles. Rosser and Harris' concepts of pulsive domesticity and close-knit networks will be used to explain why women traditionally do domestic chores. Bott uses feminist theories to elaborate on conjugal roles. Botts' theory was implemented in the 70's nevertheless I feel this is still relevant in today's society as the concept of inequality still exists. Bott found extreme segregation in working class families.
I will do this by examining the husbands and wifes' participation in domestic chores. [402 words] MAIN RESEARCH METHOD AND REASONS My primary research method will be researching quantitative data from various researcher's studies. I will use secondary evidence to provide a basis for my primary evidence. My secondary research method will consist of a sample of twenty families in the Upper Newbold area. This will enable me to get a representative sample of the division of labour in the area. I will collect male and female views on this subject. This will allow me to compare their views on their participation in domestic chores. My research will help me explore the degree of segregation in middle class families. I will relate this to their social networks by examining their family connections. A survey will be implemented. All the surveys will be the same, allowing better patens to emerge. I will limit the number of possible answers for each question. This will improve my results as a trend will appear allowing precise evidence to base my results upon. My theory will be based upon my two concepts of "division of labour" and "patriarchal loss".
As I want both male and female views I may have to draw out different questionnaires. This may cause problems when trying to compare the males and females views on their contributions to the division of labour in the household. I am not sure how I will determine a close-knit network form a lose-knit network. I will need to establish the precise contents of a close-knit network. I will also need to determine my view of patriarchal. This is to say I will need to decide exactly what I mean by male dominance in the household and make this clear to my respondents. As there are only twenty families I may not get a clear enough pattern so my results may be hard to summarise. My time will be limited therefore I may have problems doing the primary and secondary research. The primary evidence is most valuable because I can compare it to existing evidence but I am implementing primary evidence after I have researched secondary evidence. I may not be able to compare my results to Botts as she studied working class families whereas my study will use middle class households. If my results differ considerably I will have to research sociologists who studied middle class households. [286 words] TOTAL NUMBER OF WORDS:1172 AIMEE GASCOYNE
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