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"Familial Constraints on Women's Work Roles"

by Boulding, Elise (1976)


The nature of the familial constraints on woman's role as worker in every type of human society is perhaps best captured bythe triple role concept of" breeder-feeder-producer." From the earliest and simplest hunting and gatheringfolk to the most industrialized society of the twentieth century, the breeding of babies1 and the feeding of humans of all ages is almost exclusively the work of the woman, 2 above and beyond other productive processes she is engaged in. In addition, the woman participates in certain producer roles, usually but …

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Family, Womens Work, Female Labour, Parenting, Mothering, Mothering Work, Gendered Labour, Domestic Labour, Housework


Social Reproduction, Care Work

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