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The Sociology of Housework

Ann Oakley


In this ground-breaking book, the author undertook one of the first serious sociological studies to examine women's work in the home. She interviewed 40 urban housewives and analysed their perceptions of housework, their feelings of monotony and fragmentation, the length of their working week, the importance of standards and routines, and their attitudes to different household tasks. Most women, irrespective of social class, were dissatisfied with housework — an important finding which contrasted with prevailing views. Importantly, too, the author showed how the neglect of research on domestic ... More

Keywords: women's work, home, housewives, housework, domestic work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447346166
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Oakley, author
UCL Institute of Education