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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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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