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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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Theorizing housework as an example of power dynamics

Theorizing housework as an example of power dynamics

(p.9) 2 Theorizing housework as an example of power dynamics
Why Who Cleans Counts

Shannon N. Davis

Theodore N. Greenstein

Policy Press

In Chapter 2 of the book we provide a review of the theoretical and empirical scholarship that has studied housework and document how power dynamics have been integral to both strands of scholarship. We present reviews of time availability, relative resources, bargaining, gender ideology, and economic dependence perspectives. We explain how power has been implicit in previous theorizing than then present our argument for the use of housework to understand power within the social exchange that is an intimate relationship.

Keywords:   Theories about housework performance, Time availability, Relative resources, Bargaining theory, Gender ideology, Economic dependence, Social exchange, Gendered division of labor

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