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The Ideology of Work
An analysis of the ideology of work and how it affects gender socialization in both the public and private spheres.
# 118219 | 2,336 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2010 in Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Sociology (General)

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This paper looks at the way that the family structure and the economic structure of society have changed over time, and how that change has affected gender roles within society. It examines how the family structure within our society has shifted from the traditional agrarian-barter society, in which everyone in the family contributed by working at the home, branching out to men working outside of the home, and finally to both men and women working outside the home for income. The paper also examines how the implications of these changes have been broad within our society, how it has changed our cultural values, our economy, and above all the way we view the work done by both genders. Finally, the paper looks at the American white woman's perspective and her roles in society and in the changing landscapes of the working world.

From the Paper:

"Women's work was very important in the early times of human civilization, as all work was done to help the family survive and was of the utmost necessity and usefulness. Women, like men and children, were responsible for gathering food in whatever form they could find, to feed the family and keep it going during the nomadic civilization time period. Moving to an agrarian period, women's work was still very important within the society. They worked, as the men and children did, in the fields, and in the house making foods, making necessary supplies such as tools and clothing, and their work was still equally valued., Following the industrial revolution, when the majority of lower class work was now funneled outside of the home, women's work, which took place largely inside of the private sphere of the home and family, became less valued in the eyes of society. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tilly, Louise A with Scott, Joan Wallach. (1989) Women, work, and family. Chicago, IA: University of Chicago Press.
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  • Leeder, Elaine J. (2004). The family in global perspective: a gendered journey. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Roos, Patricia A. (1985). Gender and work: a comparative analysis of industrial societies. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Dublin, Thomas. (1999). Women, work and family: the view from the United States. Journal of Women's History, 11(3), 17-21. Retrieved from

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