Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International Section A, Humanities and Social Science: Bounded Empowerment: An Empirical Assessment of Competing Perspectives on Persistent Gender Inequality and Race Differences in Housework Sharing

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International Section A, Humanities and Social Science: Bounded Empowerment: An Empirical Assessment of Competing Perspectives on Persistent Gender Inequality and Race Differences in Housework Sharing

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This dissertation compares the importance of the time availability, relative resources and gender ideology perspectives, by empirically evaluating their influence in explaining gender and racial differences in the division of household labour of heterosexual married black and white couples. Using the National Survey of Families and Households (1992-1994), I explore a wide array of employment combinations, including the traditional breadwinner-homemaker arrangements, households where women earn equal or greater incomes than their husbands, where men are unemployed for periods of time when their wives are not, and where men and women combine shifts in employment where much of their time at home does not overlap. The findings suggest that the amount husbands earn relative to their wives' income, and husbands' employment status relative to wives' status all come together to shape how husbands express their masculinity. Further, I show that there is a shift toward greater sharing on the part of husbands as their wives increase their income contributions. Thus, the results suggest a bounded influence of wives' income, as men's contributions never approach genuine equality of sharing, even in the middle income ranges where both earning contributions approach equality. …

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