Gender Norms And Gender Role Specialization

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In the first two modules of this class, we have given special attention to the development of gender norms that emphasize gender role specialization (Talcott Parsons and Robert Bales), the specific social conditions of the 1950s that supported gender role specialization (Stephanie Coontz), and the contemporary impact of the cultural norm of gender role specialization on families (Arlie Hochschild)—especially as the broad social support for caretaking work has disappeared since the 1950s. As Hochschild has shown (as do the continuing female/male differences in time spent on domestic and caretaking work), gender norms can continue even when their material foundations

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