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Work-time, male-breadwinning and the division of domestic labour: male part-time and full-time workers in unsettled times

Warren, Tracey

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Abstract

The majority of male workers spend full-time hours in the labour market while part-time employment is heavily female dominated. A decade of economic unrest in the UK following the recession of 2008-9 was accompanied by a considerable expansion in the numbers of men working part-time. Growing male part-time employment is a significant phenomenon, with potential for narrowing gender inequalities in ways of working, inside and outside the home. Applying a gendered lens to men's working lives, the article focuses upon the ramifications of this growing male work-time diversity. Unsettled times can create the circumstances for opening up acceptable behaviours, for 'undoing' gender roles. The financial circumstances of male part-and full-timers, and men's engagement in unpaid domestic work, are compared. Part-time jobs are associated with more financial hardship than are full-time, but they offer up the potential for narrowing gender inequality in the sharing of core domestic work tasks. 2

Citation

Warren, T. (in press). Work-time, male-breadwinning and the division of domestic labour: male part-time and full-time workers in unsettled times. Sociology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 3, 2021
Deposit Date May 4, 2021
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5508319
Additional Information Article accepted for publication in Sociology.