The Exchange Value of Housework

  title={The Exchange Value of Housework},
  author={Julie Brines},
  journal={Rationality and Society},
  pages={302 - 340}
  • J. Brines
  • Published 1993
  • Economics
  • Rationality and Society
Explaining persistent inequalities in the division of household labor amid secular change in women's employment patterns and in sex-role attitudes remains a challenge for sociologists and economists. The predominant conceptual solutions draw from a unifying paradigm of genderneutral exchange, and furthermore align with economic or quasi-economic images of purposive action. This article analyzes three models from this class of explanations—the human capital theory of household time allocation… Expand
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