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My aim is investigate the extent to which men and women share similar experiences within the domestic and employment spheres. By this I mean how domestic labour is divided within the household and how it is affected by work.

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Hypothesis My aim is investigate the extent to which men and women share similar experiences within the domestic and employment spheres. By this I mean how domestic labour is divided within the household and how it is affected by work. The role of the woman in the house has changed over the past 30 years. In the 1970's it was considered proper for the women to look after the home while the husband was the breadwinner. It has just been in the past 10 years or so that sociologists have proposed the possibility that a New Man has emerged. I have chosen this topic because it has been a popular issue in the public eye. My hypothesis is that women do more domestic work than men, even if they are employed. They take on a Triple Shift. Concepts The concepts that I think are relevant to my research are Patriarchy, Feminism, and the Triple Shift. My first concept is Patriarchy. This is an important fact in feminist ideology. Patriarchy refers to a society or family system organized around dominance by males, especially fathers. This has relevance to my hypothesis because it emphasizes the fact that there is a form of superiority from men and this includes within the home. My second concept is Feminism. This is the sociological movement that believes that women should have economic and social equality with men. ...read more.

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It tries to show that there is equal division of labour in the home and criticises my hypothesis. However a study that supports my hypothesis but criticises Young and Willmotts symmetrical family is by Ann Oakley. She discusses the daily demands that are meet by women domestically and how it affects a women's ability to function fully in the work sphere. Oakley asked: * How does work in the home differ from other kinds of work? * What role do these differences play in the experiences of housework? Oakley pointed out that: 1. Housework does not consist of a set range of tasks Housework has historically been defined as 'women's work' - others may assist her or help out, but it remains 'her work'. 2. Housework has become combined with the roles of wife & mother 3. Housework is also seen as low status and socially devalued work 4. The domestic sphere is considered a pleasurable place, therefore activities that take place in the home, including housework are often seen as a form of leisure. Oakley's examination of unpaid work in the home indicates that there are multiple and conflicting meanings given to housework. Housework is * Women's work * Is tedious, repetitive work that is relatively unskilled and unstimulating. * Is an act of care that demonstrates love and affection for other members of the household. ...read more.

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Also I will be able to direct the way in which I want the conversation to go by occasionally asking questions to guide the respondent, in order to ensure I get the results needed to operationalise my hypothesis. A semi structured interview is the most appropriate as I can elaborate on certain areas that I think will be of use to me. Potential problems My selection process could be a problem because not many people are willing to give out personal information about what happens in their life as it may cause problems in the home. So I will make it voluntary. The cost of the interviewers will be another problem because they are sometimes expensive so I have reduced them to two. It will also be time consuming because I will have to adjust my interview times over a certain amount of days because my participants work. If my theoretical assumption is correct it will be difficult for the women to be interviewed properly as they have many tasks to carry out at home. So to solve this problem I will have time slots so that the participants are able to chose the times that suit them. I have avoided ethical issues by informing my participants about the full purpose of this interview and then by making it voluntary so I am not adding any pressure or responsibilities to the participants. 1 By Victoria Grillo Y12 ...read more.

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