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The Marital Construction of Gender through Work and Family Decisions: A Qualitative Analysis

Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Kathleen M. Greaves, Cynthia J. Schmiege and Leslie D. Hall
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 91-100
DOI: 10.2307/353379
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353379
Page Count: 10
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The Marital Construction of Gender through Work and Family Decisions: A Qualitative Analysis
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Abstract

In examining factors relating to how married couples make work and family decisions, we discovered that gender and marriages are constructed and, in turn, reconstructed through the decisions couples make about work and family. We qualitatively analyzed longitudinal data gathered from 61 couples who made a work and family decision. Husbands and wives provided information concerning their marriages in general and their work and family decision-making process in particular. We took a feminist critical stance on what couples considered as they faced the decision, and how their considerations were related to aspects of their relationship.

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