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'Doing Gender’ in Context: Household Bargaining and the Risk of Divorce in Germany and the United States

Cooke, LP (2006) 'Doing Gender’ in Context: Household Bargaining and the Risk of Divorce in Germany and the United States American Journal of Sociology, 112 (2). 442 - 472. ISSN 0002-9602

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Abstract

Gender relations remain embedded in their sociopolitical context. Compared here using event-history analysis is how household divisions of paid and unpaid labor affect marital stability in the former West Germany, where policy reinforced male breadwinner families, and the United States, where policy remains silent regarding the private sphere. In Germany, any moves away from separate gendered spheres in terms of either wives' relative earnings or husbands' relative participation in housework increase the risk of divorce. In the United States, however, the more stable couples are those that adapt by displaying greater gender equity. These results highlight that policy shapes how gender gets done in the intimate sphere, and that reinforcement of a gendered division of labor may be detrimental to marital stability.

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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 11:57
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 12:07
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2856

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