Satisfaction with housework: Examining the paradox

Baxter, J and Western, M (1998) Satisfaction with housework: Examining the paradox. Sociology-the Journal of The British Sociological Association, 32 1: 101-120. doi:10.1177/0038038598032001007


Author Baxter, J
Western, M
Title Satisfaction with housework: Examining the paradox
Journal name Sociology-the Journal of The British Sociological Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
Publication date 1998-01-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038598032001007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 101
End page 120
Total pages 20
Place of publication DURHAM
Publisher BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOC
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines men's and women's levels of satisfaction with the domestic division of labour. In most households women continue to undertake the bulk of childcare and housework duties and consequently spend significantly greater amounts of time on domestic labour than men. Men report high levels of satisfaction with these arrangements, but surprisingly we find that almost half of our sample of women also report satisfaction with these arrangements. This finding has been reported in studies from several countries. Our paper attempts to explain this apparent paradox. Using data from a recent national survey in Australia we explore gender differences in levels of satisfaction with the domestic division of labour and examine women's levels of satisfaction with household work arrangements in relation to a number of factors such as labour force attachment, attitudes to Sender roles and husbands' participation in domestic labour. Our findings raise implications for the meaning of equity within the household.
Keyword Sociology
Australia
Domestic Division Of Labour
Equity
Fairness
Gender Relations
Satisfaction
Division-of-labor
Household Labor
Fairness
Ideology
Gender
Perceptions
Home
Work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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