Mary Adepoju As sociology homework 15/09/14
Asses the domestic division of labour.
Today in the 21st century, society is continuing to blossom and is developing exceptionally well. With an array of technology, to new discoveries and economic uprise. Unfortunately now in society we are faced with the domestic division of labour. This is the division/separation of tasks roles and duties within a household. In this essay, I will asses in detail the domestic division of labour and whether it is still a pending issue. As some sociologist will have different perspectives on this matter. The sociologist that I will explore are the following: Talcott Parsons, Willmott and Young, Elizabeth Bott, Ann oakley,Mary Boulton, Jonathan Gershuny, Hilary silver and Juliet schor.
In the course of the industrial revolution, the vast majority of women stayed at home taking care of the kids, cleaning and cooking whilst the male partner will go out to work.(This is titled the dual burden ).Therefore men were considered and perceived by people to be the head of the family as they provided their family with a source of income. As a result of this, they had direct authority over females and their wives in particular which manufactured a patriarchal and male dominated society. A place where gender inequality reigned immensely.
However, some sociologist will say that there has been a drastic change in social attitudes and societies behaviour. For instance, sociologist Willmott and Young in 1973 carried out a study and introduced the symmetrical family view. They believe that there has been a decline in the domestic division of labour and in gender inequality as evidence from the study conveys that family life has improved as it is becoming more equal and democratic. Women have become more independent as they now go to ...
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