Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA), B2, 1, 68159 Mannheim, Germany.
The Division of Household Labor in Germany and Israel
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 5, pages 1147–1164, December 2006
How to Cite
Lewin-Epstein, N., Stier, H. and Braun, M. (2006), The Division of Household Labor in Germany and Israel. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 1147–1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00320.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
- division of household labor;
- family roles;
- gender ideology;
We compare the patterns of household division of labor in Germany and Israel—two countries that share key elements of the corporatist welfare regime but differ in their gender regimes—and evaluate several hypotheses using data from the 2002 International Social Survey Program. Although time constraints and relative resources affect the division of household labor and women’s housework in both societies, we find that in Germany the gender order of household labor is more rigid, whereas in Israel the spouses’ linked labor market status exerts distinctive effects. We also find significant relationships between gender ideology and the division of household labor. We discuss the theoretical advantages of approaching the comparative study of gender inequality from the vantage point of family and gender regimes.