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The Sociology of Housework$
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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346166

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346166.001.0001

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Description of Housework Study

Description of Housework Study

(p.27) 2 Description of Housework Study
The Sociology of Housework

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter describes the study of housework. The sociological neglect of housework was demonstrated in the last chapter. Because so little material exists, the study presented in this book was conceived as an exploratory, pilot survey. A first aim is to describe the housewife's work situation and the housewife's attitudes to housework. A second is to examine patterns of satisfaction and dissatisfaction with housework in relation to a number of variables, including social class, education, the division of labour in marriage, technical equipment, and patterns of social interaction. A third aim is to suggest possible hypotheses directed towards explaining differences between housewives in attitudes to housework and the housework situation. The sample consisted of forty London housewives, all aged between twenty and thirty at the time of interview.

Keywords:   housework, housewives, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, social class, marriage, social interaction, London housewives

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