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'I'm not his wife'. Doing gender and doing housework in the absence of women


Natalier, KA, 'I'm not his wife'. Doing gender and doing housework in the absence of women, Journal of Sociology, 39, (3) pp. 253-269. ISSN 0004-8690 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/00048690030393003


Share households composed solely of men are a site in which masculine identities in the home are disembedded from marital ideologies. This allows us to unravel the connections between housework, power and what it means to be a man. The study finds that the domestic labour practices of men who reside with their peers reflect those traditionally associated with husband-hood, although the bases for these interactions, and the associated play of power, differ in the absence of a wife. It is evident that gender continues to be an important organizing principle of domestic labour outside marital homes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender housework masculinity share households
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Natalier, KA (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:26725
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18
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