Wednesday, April 28, 2010

If momma ain't happy, no one is happy!

Well studies have shown that marital happiness is often about how well the domestic chores are divided in the household. Well here is an annoucement of a book which is written based off of the numerous research studies that uphold this idea.

Annoucement from NCFR (National Council on Family Relations).

"I am delighted to share another recently published book titled Dividing the Domestic: Men, Women, and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective edited by NCFR member Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnic, Stanford University Press, 2010. Congratulations Judy!"

In Dividing the Domestic, leading international scholars roll up their sleeves to investigate how culture and country characteristics permeate our households and our private lives. The book introduces novel frameworks for understanding why the household remains a bastion of traditional gender relations. Even when employed full-time, women everywhere still do most of the work around the house, and poor women spend more time on housework than affluent women. Education systems, tax codes, labor laws, public polices, and cultural beliefs about motherhood and marriage all make a difference. Any accounting of "who does what" needs to consider the complicity of trade unions, state arrangements for children's schooling, and new cultural prescriptions for a happy marriage. With its cross-national perspective, this pioneering volume speaks not only to those concerned with gender and family, but also to researchers interested in scholarship on states, public policy, culture, and social inequality.

Why study housework? Judith Treas (University of California, Irvine)

Trends in housework Liana C. Sayer (Ohio State University)

Women’s employment and housework Tanja van der Lippe (Utrecht University)

The politics of housework Lynn Prince Cooke (University of Kent, Canterbury)

Can state policies produce equality in housework? Shirley Dex (University of London)

Economic inequality and housework Sanjiv Gupta (University of Massachusetts), Marie Evertsson (Stockholm University), Daniela Grunow (University of Amsterdam), Magnus Nermo (Stockholm University) and Liana C. Sayer (Ohio State University)

Cultural and institutional contexts Birgit Pfau-Effinger (University of Hamburg)

Beliefs about maternal employment Maria Charles and Erin Cech (University of California, San Diego)

The institution of marriage Carrie Yodanis (University of British Columbia)

Pair relationships and housework Karl Alexander Röhler (University of Achen) and Johannes Huinink (University of Bremen)

Men's and women's reports about housework Claudia Geist (Utah State University)

Concluding thoughts on the societal context of housework Sonja Drobnic (University of Hamburg)

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