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"Gendering of domestic work? Divisions of domestic work between brothers and sisters."

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"GENDERING OF DOMESTIC WORK? DIVISIONS OF DOMESTIC WORK BETWEEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS" JANELE SHILLINGFORD AS SOCIOLOGY COURSWORK Sociology Coursework. Title "Gendering of domestic work? Divisions of domestic work between brothers and sisters." Aim The aim is to demonstrate whether there are divisions of domestic work between brothers and sister's. Using Feminist theory in a local study, I will explore Oakley's theory that "femininity is domesticity" and the concept of parental gender stereotypes. I have decided to emulate this aim because, although I have a brother of similar age and in my household domestic chores are shared, I tend to do more than my brother does. This influenced me as I chose this topic, to research for similarities in other households. (87 words) Context and Concepts Ann Oakley's research on "conjugal" roles conducted in the early 1970's, investigated women's attitudes towards housework, this was the influence for my piece. Although it may be considered timelocked, nevertheless, I believe that her findings are justified as they illustrate a researched feminist explanation of stereotypical gender roles. The study focuses on female's opinions on the divisions between husband and wife domesticity, this influenced me to research her concept that "femininity is domesticity" but concerning divisions between brothers and sister domesticity. ...read more.


As his method is straightforward and not time-consuming this will enable me to gather data reliably and quickly. Pre-coded questionnaires have a limited range of questions and answers, I will incorporate an "other" answer, which will enable the respondent to record their opinion, whether their answer is pre-set on the questionnaire or not. Through this added feature I hope to identify clear justified general opinions, from my sample group and offer possible explanations on the gendering of domestic chores. My sample will consist of 40 students, from my previous secondary school who will be chosen using a quota method. This will enable me to specifically choose natural brothers and sisters, between 15-17 years old. My sample is selective, as it requires certain characteristics, because my study focuses on the distribution of domestic chores between brothers and sisters. The quota method enables me to fulfill my sample specification. I have specified an age range of my sample to ensure that my results are valid, because children of different ages regardless of their gender will carry out different domestic chores. A questionnaire will also offer the opportunity to operationalise not only the Oakley's concept that "Femininity is domesticity" (where each respondent will be questioned on their opinions and facts concerning which sex does the most housework) ...read more.


and this sample group ensures that my findings are valid. (As my findings would not be valid if they were based on married couples as I am specifically researching brothers and sisters) Taking the sample form my previous school may be conveyed as bias but as this is a local study and as my time is limited, practically this was the most appropriate sample location. In general quota sampling has it's own set of problems, as I choose my sample. However if I keep within my strict quota's, I hope to overcome these problems, whilst researching my aim. I am aware that "family" is a sensitive topic to research but my pilot study should ensure that my questions don't offend my respondent's. To ensure that my sample, understand the questions I will be present as they complete the questionnaire. The potential problem with this is that the respondent may feel pressured by my presence, but to overcome this I will try to keep in the background and only offer support if required. Questionnaire research involve the operationalization of concepts, I recognize that the skills and knowledge which will define "parental gender stereotypes" and "gendering of domestic chores", will be difficult to recognize but I only hope to address this by my previous conceptual research. (325 words) (Total: 1215 words) Janelle Shillingford : Gendering Of Domestic Chores : Page 1 ...read more.

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