Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

by Aliya Hamid Rao

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Overview

In Crunch Time, Aliya Hamid Rao gets up close and personal with college-educated, unemployed men, women, and spouses to explain how comparable men and women have starkly different experiences of unemployment. Traditionally gendered understandings of work—that it’s a requirement for men and optional for women—loom large in this process, even for marriages that had been not organized in gender-traditional ways. These beliefs serve to make men’s unemployment an urgent problem, while women’s unemployment—cocooned within a narrative of staying at home—is almost a non-issue. Crunch Time reveals the minutiae of how gendered norms and behaviors are actively maintained by spouses at a time when they could be dismantled, and how gender is central to the ways couples react to and make sense of unemployment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520298613
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Aliya Hamid Rao is Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Tale of Two Unemployments

part i gender and space during unemployment
1. Men at Home
2. Idealizing the Home and Spurning the Workplace?

part ii gendered time in job searching
3. Dinner Table Diaries 
4. Can Women Be Ideal Job-Seekers?

part iii gendered time in housework
5. Why Don’t Unemployed Men Do More Housework?
6. Why Do Unemployed Women Do Even More Housework? 

Conclusion: Unemployment and Inequality in an Age of Uncertainty

Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Interview Guide for Unemployed Professionals and Spouses
Notes
References
Index

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