The domestic division of labour refers to the roles that men and women play in relation to housework, childcare and paid work; and in addition looks at the different powers both have within the household and the relationship. This essay will also focus on the factors which affect these divisions. Firstly, whether a family live in a symmetrical family or not will have an effect on the divisions of labour. March of Progress theorists such as Young and Willmott argue that family life is gradually improving for all its members, becoming more equal and democratic. For example, women now go out to work, just as men now help with housework and childcare.
Firstly, whether a family live in a symmetrical family or not will have an effect on the divisions of labour. March of Progress theorists (Liberal Feminists) such as Young and Willmott argue that family life is gradually improving for all its members, becoming more equal and democratic. For example, women now go out to work, just as men now help with housework and childcare. However Radical Feminists reject the ‘March of Progress’ theory, and argue that women remain unequal within the family. Anne Oakley argues that we still live in a patriarchal (male dominated) society, and therefore women occupy a subordinate and dependant role within the family and wider society.
For example, women now go out to work and become wage earners, just as men now help with housework and childcare. However Feminists reject this theory, and argue that women remain unequal within the family. Anne Oakley argues that we still live in a patriarchal (male dominated) society, and that children are being taught from an early age that the traditional roles are the norm. She also rejects Parsons Theory of saying that it is controlled by biology she believes it is controlled by society. Overall it could therefore be
All children can now receive state education up until the age of 18, meaning they are better educated and can achieve much higher in adulthood, whilst experiencing a longer period of youth. All of these changes have improved the experience of childhood and cause Functionalists to believe that things are getting better. However, Marxist and Feminist sociologists disagree, claiming that the march of progress view is too positive. They believe that a child’s experience of childhood depends on their class, ethnicity and gender, and that Functionalists overlook the inequalities between these factors. This is called the ‘conflict’ view.
Just the Way We Are Everyone thought that there are similar differences between males and females. Both genders are different through their social, emotional and intellectual qualities. Gender roles influence women and men in virtually every area of life including family and occupation, but are women and men subject to different roles or behavior expectations? Gender role by definition is,” the public image of being male or female that a person presents to others.” (Dictionary.com). In early American culture it was common for a women’s job to be an obedient housewife in clear contrast to the male’s duty to be a job holder.
HUNKS AND HANDMAIDENS (RESPONSE WRITING) The author-Victoria Freeman is a ‘modern woman’ and a strong advocate of gender equality. She believes that households should be coherent units where both men and women are fully functioning members and women are not solely responsible for the domestic work. She attempts to raise her sons as caring individuals capable of being equal partners but she faces frustration when her sons reach ‘hunk hood’ and their eager girlfriends offer to do all their work for them. I agree with the author as far as the underlying concept of gender equality is concerned. Men should indeed be equal partners in households and should carry their fair share
Durkheim says that the means of the Division of Labor is preventing conflict and having more people live together harmoniously; another way of social organization. The Division of Labor is meant to make individuals dependant on one another because we all specialize in different types of work. With that, as society gets bigger and more evolved, we need more specialties within society; if the population is dense, Division of Labor is bigger. The growth in volume is not necessarily a mark of superiority if the density does not grow at the same time and in the same proportion. Also, the Division of Labor is greater when there is pressure to survive; we must count on others for society to work and for us to live normal lives due to
EXAMINE THE VIEW THAT DIVISION OF LABOUR BETWEEN COUPLES HAVE BEEN MORE OR LESS EQUAL. [24 MARKS] Domestic division of labour means the gender roles of men and women played in relation to housework, childcare and paid work. For example, men are expected to do more DIY work while women are expected to do the housework and take care of the child by providing emotional support to them. Some sociologists believe that families nowadays are moving towards equality and that the families are becoming symmetrical. A symmetrical family is a family where ale the chores are shared equally between couples.
What ethnocentrism does is stop the open thinking, disrespecting other people’s culture and lives. I believe in culture relativism because it provides a platform to understand a different culture without bias. Also, it helps a person succeed better, live a comfortable life in terms by accepting the new lifestyle. For example, in American culture both husband and wives work to provide a comfortable life for their family and also share workload in their household since they both work outside as well. However, in U.S. with Indian culture, husband and wives both work together in but only wives work the household chores such as cleaning and cooking.
Nowadays, however, cohabitation/living together or as I heard growing up “living common-law”, is very common. I personally think there are more advantages then disadvantages in living together before marriage. While the disadvantages are fewer and avoidable when you know how it will be in a legal marriage. One advantage of living together before marriage is getting to know the person that you might marry; it’s basically testing your compatibility when you live together. You are able to spend much more time with each other than when you were going out together.