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Gender roles in the home

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Gender roles in the home Lindsey McInerney Aim: In this assignment I will carry out an investigation into how gender roles within the family, and attitudes towards them, have changed over the last 50 years. Hypotheses: I am going to test the following two hypotheses: (1) Gender roles in the home are now, less segregated than 50 years ago. (2) Attitudes to gender roles are more egalitarian than 50 years ago. Methodology: During this assignment the research methods that I am going to use are: The Internet - this is a secondary source of information, where I will obtain both qualitative and quantitative data. Using the Internet I will be able to find statistics, e-books and any other data that I might need. Statistics - this is a secondary source of information and is quantitative data. These will give me data to compare from the different times. Books - this is a secondary source of information and qualitative data. In-depth interviews - this is a primary source of information and qualitative data. This will let me obtain first hand information that I will be able to compare and evaluate. Sociological Background: There are many Sociologists with different views on this topic. ...read more.

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Women going out to work has had an affect on the amount of housework that they are able to do, this also makes them equal to their partners, so gives more reason for men to do more housework. Unemployment in men has also had an affect on gender roles, as unemployed men will do more housework than they would if they were working, so this raises the statistical figures. Women now do less than half the hours of housework that they did 50 years ago and men do more than four times the hours of housework they did 50 years ago. In-depth Interviews: I have carried out two in-depth interviews, one with a woman over the age of 60 and one with a woman under the age of 30. For my in-depth interview with the woman over 60 I interviewed Velma who is 61. I found that 50 years ago women did almost all of the housework and that it was classed as their job. The mans job was to go out and earn the living, which meant that they did very little housework and any that they did do was mainly DIY and jobs that women were not able to do themselves. ...read more.

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Conclusion: I think that I have proved that: (1) Gender roles in the home are now, less segregated than 50 years ago. (2) Attitudes to gender roles are more egalitarian than 50 years ago. I think that there are many factors that have changed gender roles and attitudes towards them over the last 50 years. Feminism since the 1960's has had a big impact on gender roles and the Sex Discrimination Act' has allowed more women to work, so this has made a huge difference to the time that women have available to spend on housework. Another thing that has made a difference is technology, such as, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers; these will have greatly reduced the time it takes to do housework. I think that my research supports Willmott and Young's view on gender roles and I now agree that the 'symmetrical family' is now the typical form of family. Self-evaluation: In this assignment I really struggled to find statistics from as far back as 50 years ago, even though I did manage to find them it took a long time. I think that the questions in this assignment are too vague and although I have proved my hypotheses, the results for this will differ greatly through out different countries and cultures. ...read more.

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