A New work/care regime: will it promote an equal division of domestic labour?

Rhianna Keen

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Despite women’s increased involvement in the workforce, there has been little corresponding change to the division of domestic labour between men and women. According to Barbara Pocock (2003) and HREOC (2007), this lack of change reflects a wider mismatch between women’s changing roles in society and the implicit assumption of a traditional division of domestic labour within the workplace and other key social institutions. Both these social commentators call for a new work/care regime to recognise caring responsibilities across the life cycle. However, other research suggests that while a new work/care regime may help make an equal division of labour more feasible, it may make little difference to men’s involvement in domestic labour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007
Subtitle of host publicationpublic sociologies : lessons and Trans-Tasman comparisons, 4-7 December 2007, Auckland, New Zealand
EditorsB. Curtis, S. Matthewman, T. McIntosh
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherDept. of Sociology, University of Auckland
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9782868691145
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian Sociological Association Conference (2007) - Auckland
Duration: 4 Dec 20077 Dec 2007


ConferenceAustralian Sociological Association Conference (2007)


  • housework
  • ideal worker


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