3-6-08 Gender, Work, and Family

3-6-08 Gender, Work, and Family - Gender Work and...

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Unformatted text preview: 3-6-2008Gender, Work, and FamilyGender, Work, and Family•Division of labor has biological rootsoChildbearing, breastfeedingoOrigins don’t explain why but it persists•Now, intersection of family and market arenas•Market mode of productionoCash for market work, women’s work unpaidoDevaluation of women’s workoMarket value affected by family valueoWomen’s jobs pay lessChild care workers: 94% female, full-time year-round earnings: $13,891Work and Family•Where is the work done, institutionally?oRewardsFamily unpaid; market paidoCultural viewFamily devalued; market valuedoWorkersFamily women, market menThe Market’s Expanding Reach•Growing service economy pulled labor from the family to the market•Opportunities in education, medical care, food service•Cycle: working women create demand for services, which raises wages—and pulls more women into the marketBut Women’s Work is Devalued•Three sources of gender biasoSexism (desire to pay women less/men more)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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