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The division of household labor by lesbian families residing in the northeast of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Casey



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2020.

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The focus of this paper is to explore the household division of labour and childcare patterns in lesbian households and how this is influenced by economics, social class and family background. In doing this, data is drawn from ten sets of qualitative interviews with lesbian families located in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England. The research findings presented in this paper discuss a number of themes and areas of concern in relation to the undertaking of household chores. These include gender-negotiation and motherhood; 'childcare continuation', social class and 'class ambivalence', and the impact of family background/relatives and external community expectations. In concluding, the paper reveals the complex intersections of parenthood, gender, sexuality, geography, social class and heteronormative expectations in informing and structuring household labour and childcare patterns within the same-sex family unit.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Casey M, Mthombeni P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of GLBT Family Studies

Year: 2020

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 32-46

Online publication date: 01/03/2019

Acceptance date: 12/01/2019

Date deposited: 25/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1550-428X

ISSN (electronic): 1550-4298

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2019.1570414


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