“Doing” Gender in Context: Household Bargaining and Risk of Divorce in Germany and the United States

Cooke, Lynn Prince (2006) “Doing” Gender in Context: Household Bargaining and Risk of Divorce in Germany and the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 112 2: 442-472. doi:10.1086/506417

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Author Cooke, Lynn Prince
Title “Doing” Gender in Context: Household Bargaining and Risk of Divorce in Germany and the United States
Journal name American Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9602
Publication date 2006-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/506417
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 112
Issue 2
Start page 442
End page 472
Total pages 31
Editor A. Abbott
Place of publication Chicaga, IL, United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
780107 Studies in human society
Abstract Gender relations remain embedded in their sociopolitical context. Compared here using event-history analysis is how household divisions of paid and unpaid labor affect marital stability in the former West Germany, where policy reinforced male breadwinner families, and the United States, where policy remains silent regarding the private sphere. In Germany, any moves away from separate gendered spheres in terms of either wives' relative earnings or husbands' relative participation in housework increase the risk of divorce. In the United States, however, the more stable couples are those that adapt by displaying greater gender equity. These results highlight that policy shapes how gender gets done in the intimate sphere, and that reinforcement of a gendered division of labor may be detrimental to marital stability.
Keyword Sociology
Womens Economic Dependency
Marital Disruption
Separate Spheres
2nd Births
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Earlier versions of these analyses were presented at the International Sociological Association RC28 semiannual meeting in Neuchatel, Switzerland, May 7–9, 2004, and the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta, August 16–19, 2003. Many thanks are due to the AJS reviewers for making suggestions to enhance the clarity of this article, Peer Fiss for comments on an earlier draft, and to Fran Goldscheider for her helpful comments regarding multiple aspects of this research project. After January 1, 2007, I may be reached at the University of Kent, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Science Research. Direct correspondence to Lynn Prince Cooke, School of Social Sciences, Room 823, University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia. E‐mail: lynn.cooke@uq.edu.au

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