The Family as the Locus of Gender, Class, and Political Struggle: The Example of Housework

  title={The Family as the Locus of Gender, Class, and Political Struggle: The Example of Housework},
  author={Heidi I. Hartmann},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={366 - 394}
  • H. Hartmann
  • Published 1981
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Although the last decade of research on families has contributed enormously to our understanding of diversity in family structures and the relationship of family units to various other aspects of social life, it has, it seems to me, generally failed to identify and address sources of conflict within family life. Thus, the usefulness of this research for understanding women's situation has been particularly limited. The persistence and resilience of family forms in the midst of general social… Expand
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