It's common knowledge that responsibilities in the home are not divided equally between men and women. Feminists bemoan how slowly this gender gap is changing. Sociologist Oriel Sullivan, however, focuses on the neglected topic of the processes of change, discussing changing domestic gender practices on many different levels-from changes in attitudes about gender equality in the home to the quantitative analysis of change in the domestic division of labor. His newly developed theoretical approach connects the wider discussion of gender practices within the home to the interactions and negotiations that individuals engage in on a day-to-day basis. He includes empirical evidence for change, presenting findings based upon directly comparable cross-national data from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s. This book will appeal to readers interested in gender studies, sociology, and in the changing gender equity of the home.
Oriel Sullivan is a professor in the department of behavioral sciences at Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Part 1 Part I: Changing Theory Chapter 2 Theorizing Change Chapter 3 Slow Nature of Change, Slow Change in Theory Part 4 Part II: Evidence for Change Chapter 5 The Discursive Context: Attitudes, Language, and Masculinities Chapter 6 Cross-National Changes in Domestic Labor: Convergence over Time? Chapter 7 Difference and Change in Domestic Labor between Couples: Some More Equal Than Others? Part 8 Part III: Changing Gender Relations at Home Chapter 9 The Intimate Context: Gender Consciousness and Intimacy Chapter 10 Change at Home: Research Examples and a Framework Chapter 11 Conclusion: A Project for Change?