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Why Who Cleans Counts: What Housework Tells Us about American Family Life

Shannon Davis and Theodore Greenstein


While housework is an often-studied phenomenon, Why Who Cleans Counts frames the performance of housework as a way to understand power dynamics within couples. Using couple-level data from the United States-based National Survey of Families and Households (N = 3,906), we perform Latent Profile Analysis to identify five categories, or classes, of couples: Ultra-traditional, Traditional, Transitional Husbands, Egalitarian, and Egalitarian High Workload. The book describes how the housework classes and the behaviors of the couples within them reveal the power dynamics within the couples, power dy ... More

Keywords: Housework, Gendered division of labor, Power dynamics, Gender and power, Family life course

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447336747
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Davis, author
George Mason University

Theodore Greenstein, author
North Carolina State University