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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.174) 10 Conclusions
The Sociology of Housework

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This concluding chapter addresses the problem of the kind of awareness housewives have, or might be encouraged to have, of their situation as women. When the housewives in the present research sample were asked for their opinions on the women's liberation movement, the attitude revealed was a predominantly negative one. This is perhaps not surprising, since the interviews were carried out in early 1971 when public opinion was much less alert to the women's liberation issue than it is today. The chapter then argues that the systematic correction of sexism in society is an operation which has to proceed on many different levels simultaneously. Theoretical analysis constitutes one level; another level consists of the practical measures which must be taken towards institutional equality; yet a third is concerned with the erosion of biases against women in social attitudes.

Keywords:   housewives, women, liberation movement, women's liberation, sexism, institutional equality

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