Changing Gender Practices within the Household: A Theoretical Perspective

Oriel Sullivan

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While recent emphasis has been placed on transformations of gender in the public sphere, changes in gender relations between heterosexual couples in the domestic sphere have been less fully developed in the theoretical literature. The author presents evidence for change at various levels, from the discursive to the quantitative. She outlines a theoretical framework for the analysis of such change based on the "doing gender" and gender consciousness perspectives, readdressed in the light of the new emphasis on discourses of reflexivity and intimacy. She argues for a conception of change that is slow and uneven, in which daily practices and interactions are linked to attitudes and discourse, perhaps over generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
JournalGender and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Gender relations
  • Household division of labor
  • Social change
  • Time use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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