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Gender in Families: Women and Men in Marriage, Work, and Parenthood

Linda Thompson and Alexis J. Walker
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 51, No. 4 (Nov., 1989), pp. 845-871
DOI: 10.2307/353201
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353201
Page Count: 27

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Gender in Families: Women and Men in Marriage, Work, and Parenthood
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Abstract

We review the research on gender by focusing on three domains of family life—marriage, work (both wage and family work), and parenthood. Regarding marriage, we consider intimacy, communication and conflict, and wife-battering. Regarding wage work, we consider women and men as providers and resistance to wives as coproviders. Regarding family work, we consider the nature of family work and resistance to sharing housework and child care. Regarding parenthood, we consider the images of motherhood and fatherhood, activities and experiences of mothering and fathering, and the gender differentiation that accompanies parenting. We offer recommendations for further research and encourage family scholars to conceptualize gender as relational or interactional rather than as an individual property or role.

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