The Population, Society and Inequality Series presents

"Racial and Ethnic Group Differences in Gendered Time on Household Labor"
with Catherine Bolzendahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UCI

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza B, Room 4250

Bolzendahl's talk will examine whether time spent on household tasks varies by racial/ethnic group and gender, and whether determinants of household labor time vary by race/ethnicity among women and men. Data are from the National Survey of Families and Households, limited to married Anglo, Mexican, and black respondents. Three measures of household labor (female, male, and gender neutral) are assessed in terms of average time spent per week. Results find that, regardless of controls, Mexican origin respondents have the most gendered patterns of household task performance, while blacks are largely similar to Anglos. The argument that blacks are more egalitarian than Anglos only holds up among men, where black men spend more time on average than either Anglo or Mexican men on female-type chores. Determinants of time spent vary mostly between Mexican and Anglo women with regard to female-type chores, such as the greater help Mexican women receive from adult household members and stronger role of familialism. Determinants of men’s time are quite similar, though higher income black men spend more time on female-type chores than Anglo men. Implications for our understanding of household inequality will be discussed.

This lecture is sponsored by the Gender, Work and Family Research Group.

For further information, please contact Jayne Lee Yang,

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