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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Household Division of Labour: Generation, Gender, Age, Birth Order and Sibling Composition
Author(s): Punch, Samantha
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Keywords: household
division of labour
birth order
sibling composition
Home economics
Division of labor
Sexual division of labor
Birth order
Brothers and sisters
Rural children Social conditions
Issue Date: Dec-2001
Date Deposited: 2-Jul-2009
Citation: Punch S (2001) Household Division of Labour: Generation, Gender, Age, Birth Order and Sibling Composition. Work, Employment and Society, 15 (4), pp. 803-823.
Abstract: The paper discusses the somewhat limited literature on children’s participation in household work and then presents empirical evidence from rural households in Bolivia which shows that the division of household labour is worked out according to generation, gender, age, birth order and sibling composition. It argues that whilst adult household labour is highly determined by gender roles, children’s labour often cuts across gender stereotypes and does not merely mirror the adult division of labour in rural households. The nature of generation-specific tasks are explored by presenting a detailed age-based division of labour in three different areas of unpaid household work: agriculture, animal-care and domestic work. The final part of the paper explores the ways in which birth order and sibling composition influence the distribution of children’s household work. Whilst the paper is based on a case study of a rural community in a low-income country, it highlights important factors such as birth order and sibling composition which have frequently been overlooked or ignored in household divisions of labour in both the Majority and Minority World.
DOI Link: 10.1177/095001701400438215
Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Work, Employment & Society, Volume 15, Issue 4, 2001, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2001 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Work, Employment & Society page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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