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Gender and the Domestic Division of Labour

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Vicki Harman (University of Surrey) explores gender and the domestic division of labour. In the first lecture, we think about classical sociology, particularly functionalism, in which domestic labour was both undervalued and thought to be the responsibility of women. In the second lecture, we look at a key text in making domestic labour an area of sociological interest – Ann Oakley’s The Sociology of Housework. In the third lecture, we ask whether women’s greater participation in paid work has created greater equality. Next, we look at the gendered division of emotional labour and the pressure on women to act as caregivers. In the fifth and final lecture, we survey of a range of aspects of gender inequality in domestic labour highlighted by feminist scholars.

About the Lecturer

Dr Vicki Harman is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Her research interests include family life, motherhood and gender. She is co-editor of Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home (2019) and Mothering, Mixed Families and Racialised Boundaries (2015), and author of The Sexual Politics of Ballroom Dancing (2018).

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