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Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

by Aliya Hamid Rao


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780520298613
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Aliya Hamid Rao is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University. 

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