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Women’s unpaid work in the eyes of different generations

Lea Kosmač (2014) Women’s unpaid work in the eyes of different generations. Diploma thesis.

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    Nowadays we do not occupy ourselves anymore with the old division of family roles, where woman should be at home with her family and man at work outside his home, but with the division, where there is expected that woman beside doing her job runs also a household. The majority of unpaid work (housework, care for children and husband) still belongs to women, which brings them double burden. The main purpose of my diploma thesis is to find out through the eyes of women that belong to my family if they do the housework because they are pleased to do it or because of implanted social sense that this is their responsibility. We also wanted to find out if the pattern of housekeeping is carried by feminine line between generations, if division of work changes in time and finally, if work at home and in the society is appreciated enough. Qualitative method was used for our research. Three half-structured interviews were made with women from my family, including me. There were gathered questions concerning the fact how women perceived doing the housework, if partners are of any help and their opinion about appreciation of housework at home and in the society. I established that partners often help with the housework and that the relation man–woman to housework changes in time. I also found out that in my family the pattern of housekeeping is carried by feminine line between generations and that the housework is mostly still not appreciated enough in the society. We need to be conscious of men and women social roles that have changed and that results in the unbalanced dynamics in public sphere, which should be also considered in housework division at home.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: women, generation, housework, unpaid work, family, partner’s help, housekeeping, appreciation
    Number of Pages: 46
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Slavko GaberMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9996105)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education, Biotechnical faculty
    Item ID: 2044
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2014 12:39
    Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 12:39
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2044

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