Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach [NOTES Part 14] - 4.0ed the course

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Family and Child Sciences
Course
FAD 2230
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 10: Families and the Work The Work They Do  Division of Household Labor • Household labor: In general, the unpaid work done to maintain family members and/or a  home • Routine household labor: nondiscretionary routine tasks that cannot be postponed, such  as cooking, washing dishes or cleaning • Occasional labor: household tasks that are more time­flexible and more discretionary,  such as household repairs, yard care, or paying bills; not everyday tasks but something  that takes a large amount of time  • Men say that they do a lot/share a lot of the household work, women say that they do the  majority of the work   Family work at home • Explanations for the Gendered Division of Labor → Time­Availability Perspective: Suggests the division of labor is largely determined by  the need for household labor and each partner’s availability to perform household  tasks → Relative Resources Perspective: the greater the relative amount or value or resources  contributed by a partner, the greater is his or her power within the relationship, which  can then be translated into bargaining to avoid tasks such as housework that offer no  pay and minimal social prestige ⇒ Some women who work a lot and bring in more money, still do the same amount  of housework because they feel like they need to regain some of their femininity 
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