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Attitudes, women's employment and the domestic division of labour: a cross-national analysis in two waves

Crompton, Rosemary and Brockmann, Michaela and Lyonette, Clare (2005) Attitudes, women's employment and the domestic division of labour: a cross-national analysis in two waves. Work, Employment & Society, 19 (2). pp. 213-233. ISSN 0950-0170

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017005053168


This article draws on a repeat of a 1994 survey, carried out in 2002, in three contrasting countries: Britain, Norway and the Czech Republic.The 1994 survey demonstrated that there was a significant association between more 'liberal' gender role attitudes and a less traditional division of domestic labour in all three countries. In 2002, this association was no longer significant for Britain and Norway. Gender role attitudes had become less traditional in all three countries, although women's attitudes had changed more than men's.There had been little change in the gendered allocation of household tasks, suggesting a slowing down of the increase of men's involvement in domestic work. It is suggested that work intensification may be making increased participation in domestic work by men more difficult. Although national governments are becoming more aware and supportive of the problems of work-life 'balance', an increase in competitiveness and intensification at workplaces may be working against more 'positive' policy supports. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Brockmann, Michaela (2002), Journal of Social Work, 2 (1). pp. 29-44. 2005 BSA Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Britain, comparative, Czech Republic, domestic work, employment, gender, Norway
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:2707
Deposited On:05 Dec 2006
Last Modified:17 Oct 2011 16:19

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