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Class Identification among Australian Couples: Are Wives' Characteristics Irrelevant?

Bernadette C. Hayes and F. L. Jones
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Sep., 1992), pp. 463-483
DOI: 10.2307/591545
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591545
Page Count: 21
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Class Identification among Australian Couples: Are Wives' Characteristics Irrelevant?
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Abstract

Over the past twenty years the location of women in the class structure has emerged as one one the most keenly debated issues in British class analysis. We use recent Australian data to examine the 'conventional', 'dominance', 'joint', 'cross-class' and 'individualistic' approaches to the problem of determining women's subjective class placement. The results suggest that Australian married women do not derive their subjective class locations totally or even predominantly from the social stratification characteristics of their spouses. However, among married men subjective class placement remains a male-derived phenomenon.

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