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Housewives’ Work / Mothers’ Work: The Changing Position of Housework in Dutch Society

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It is certainly true that housework requires a wide range of skills and is made up of different types of duties. The tasks that come to mind under the rubric of "housework" typically include cooking, washing, and cleaning, but each of these encompasses a series of sub-tasks. Importantly, however, the types of housework that have symbolic links with child raising will also vary, depending on the particular society and the era. Thus, this chapter sheds light on domestic labor that tends to be categorized under the general term "housework" due to its ordinary, everyday nature, and to take another look at it in the specific cultural context of individual societies. It provides an overview of the changing positions, values, and practices of housework in The Netherlands with particular emphasis on the two aspects of such domestic tasks: housewives' work and mothers' work.

Keywords: changing positions; housewives' work; housework; mothers' work; Netherlands



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