Gender divisions of paid and unpaid work in contemporary UK couples

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Work, Employment and Society

Authors

Anne McMunn, Lauren Bird, Elizabeth Webb and Amanda Sacker

Publication date

Summary

This article uses data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study to describe how contemporary British couples divide a range of work types. Our findings support the hypothesis, suggested by previous authors, that a shared egalitarian ideology is required for gender equality in divisions of work. In response to bargaining theories, the article also hypothesises that differentials in educational attainment within couples are more strongly associated with gender divisions of work when a couple’s gender ideology is in conflict. Interaction analysis does not support this hypothesis.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017019862153

ISSN

16

Subjects

Psychology, Time Use, Education, Labour Market, Social Attitudes, Social Behaviour, Sociology Of Households and Caregiving

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