The Workings of the Household

The Workings of the Household : United States-United Kingdom Comparison

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This book examines the organization of domestic life in the context of recent economic change. The author argues that relationships within the household can only be understood with reference to the social and economic environment in which it is located. Through an analysis of economic changes in post-war Britain and the United States, the author examines the stucture of labour markets, systems of welfare and local social networks. She charts the theoretical positions which have been developed with respect to the connection between the household and the labour market. Aspects of this link include male unemployment, the significance of female employment, the significance of role reversal, the organization of domestic labour, the management of household finance and the position of young people in the household. Finally, the author examines welfare provision and access to employment generally in order to assess their effects on the organization of the household.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 456g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 figures, references
  • 0745604412
  • 9780745604411

Table of contents

Male unemployment; the variable experience of male unemployment; employment for women; the division of domestic labour; household finance; women's unemployment; young people and the household; the household in social context.
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