English title: Working Weekends: Changing European Time Regimes and Gender Inequality in Household Labor

Author(s): Leah Ruppanner - Judith Treas -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

European countries are undergoing significant changes in employment schedules, including increases in weekend work with potential consequences for families. We focus on one arena of family life—the couple’s division of housework—to investigate implications of weekend work for this aspect of gender equality. Furthermore, we situate these divisions within the cross-national context of wives’ weekend work to determine whether nonstandard employment has more general implications for domestic practices. Using 2004 European Social Survey data for married respondents in 25 nations, we test original hypotheses which address time availability arguments, the qualitative differences in weekend and weekday time, and the gendered nature of domestic roles. We find husbands and wives accommodate to weekend employment, but women benefit less from these domestic adaptations. Regardless of their personal employment arrangements, husbands do relatively more housework and wives less in countries where wives’ weekend work is more prevalent.

Volume: 36

Issue: 13

From page no: 1782

To page no: 1809

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0192513X13520155

Journal: Journal of family issues