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Who should do the dishes now? exploring gender and housework in contemporary urban South Wales

Mannay, Dawn 2014. Who should do the dishes now? exploring gender and housework in contemporary urban South Wales. Contemporary Wales 27 (1) , pp. 21-39.

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Abstract

This paper revisits Jane Pilcher’s (1994) seminal chapter ‘Who should do the dishes? Three generations of Welsh women talking about men and housework’. Two decades on from the original study, the paper explores this question in contemporary south Wales by drawing upon data generated in a study of mothers and daughters residing in a Welsh, marginalised, urban housing area. The paper argues that in contemporary Wales, the domestic sphere remains a site of inequality, where women are negotiating the impossibility of being both in full-time employment and meeting the ideology of the ‘Welsh Mam’. Furthermore, the work of women and the accompanying expectations have moved from being peripheral to becoming central; this places women in a psychological impasse where they identify themselves as ‘lazy’ when they cannot simultaneously fulfil these roles to the unreachable standards of the new respectable working-class femininity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
ISSN: 0951-4937
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 10:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57657

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