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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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Social Class and Domesticity

Social Class and Domesticity

(p.57) 4 Social Class and Domesticity
The Sociology of Housework

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter traces the patterns of domesticity in the present sample of housewives. These findings are tied in with assertions about social class differences in domesticity which abound in much of the literature dealing with women's place in the family. As the study indicates, there is no social class difference in the frequency with which housewives are satisfied or dissatisfied with their work. The predominant feeling is one of dissatisfaction — twenty-eight of the forty women come out as dissatisfied. If education is taken instead of social class, there is still no difference between groups of women: equal proportions of those educated to sixteen and beyond are satisfied and dissatisfied with housework.

Keywords:   domesticity, housewives, social class, difference, women, housework

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