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Why Who Cleans CountsWhat Housework Tells Us about American Family Life$
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Shannon Davis and Theodore Greenstein

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336747

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336747.001.0001

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What do we know about housework?

What do we know about housework?

(p.1) 1 What do we know about housework?
Why Who Cleans Counts

Shannon N. Davis

Theodore N. Greenstein

Policy Press

Chapter 1 serves as the introduction to the book. While housework is a frequent object of scholarly inquiry, in part because of its ubiquitous appearance across household types, we argue that it can be used to understand more than simply who does what around the house. Housework provides insight into the power dynamics in intimate relationships. After explaining resource-based and social psychological/symbolic perspectives for understanding the division of housework, the chapter concludes with a detailed summary of the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   Housework, Resource-based explanations, Social psychological/symbolic explanations, Gendered division of labor

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