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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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Housework class consequences

Housework class consequences

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(p.51) 6 Housework class consequences
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Why Who Cleans Counts
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Shannon N. Davis

Theodore N. Greenstein

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336747.003.0006

Chapter 6 examines a key component of the book’s argument, namely whether there are patterns across the five housework classes (Ultra-traditional, Traditional, Transitional Husbands, Egalitarian, and Egalitarian High Workload) in other behavioral as well as attitudinal measures of power. In this chapter we investigate spousal preferences in their own and their spouse’s labor market hours as a measure of being able to enact power. We also examine reported conflict, disagreements, and intimate partner violence, all behaviors that reflect power dynamics in a couple. These findings provide important evidence for our argument that understanding housework dynamics can provide insights into other dynamics in couples and thus be a useful tool for practitioners working with families in crisis.

Keywords:   Power dynamics in couples, Housework and intimate partner violence, Latent power, Preferred labor market hours, Conflict resolution tactics, Gendered division of labor

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