Cultural Anthropology

What is the second shift?
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  1. In 1989, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild published 'The Second Shift,' a book that described the extra amount of work women must do now that they had started entering the workplace in greater numbers. Though women were working just as much as men, their traditional gender role of taking care of the home was still in place, so that after a 9-to-5 stint, they had to come home for a 'second shift' of childcare, cooking the family's meal and cleaning the house. The book sparked a debate about whether gender roles had really changed, or if women were just taking on more work.

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