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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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(p.159) 9 Children
The Sociology of Housework

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter studies the subject of children in the case of the housewife. The interviews document well the dissatisfying social context in which the role of mother is carried out today. Social isolation and constant responsibility bring about discontent. Competition with the demands of housewifery means that to the mother as houseworker, the child is sometimes seen as an obstacle to job satisfaction; for the child, the need to juxtapose its demands with those of housework cannot but be experienced as frustrating. Although men do something to remedy this difficulty by involving themselves in child-care, the trend could be seen as a retrogressive one from the women's point of view. Ultimately, satisfaction with housework may be increased, but only at the expense of satisfaction with child-care.

Keywords:   children, housewife, mother role, housewifery, job satisfaction, housework, child-care

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