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Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe$
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Gillian Pascall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.001.0001

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Mothers and their households

Mothers and their households

(p.119) Five Mothers and their households
Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Gillian Pascall

Anna Kwak

Policy Press

This chapter investigates the relations between mothers and their households in the context of the many pressures on parents in contemporary Poland. Traditional methods of time and money management predominated in a qualitative study of households in poverty. There is evidence of discrimination against women in the labour market in Poland. Increasing women's household labour was connected with the impoverishment of families and problems in the economy. The current situation of ‘the breadwinner’ is explored. There are diverse accounts of the practical division of responsibilities within households, and of the sense of overall responsibility for children. A number of features of life outside households in Poland do indeed suggest a reversion to a tradition of male domination in public life. There are respondents who describe a change towards traditional roles in the household, and there are respondents who describe a change away from them.

Keywords:   mothers, household labour, Poland, labour market, male domination, poverty, women

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