Identifier

etd-07072004-105247

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

In this study I examine the effects of both network structure and network function on the gender role attitudes and division of household labor among Hispanic women. Using a representative sub-sample drawn from the first wave of the National Study of Families and Households, I determine to what extent network processes help explain the gender role attitudes and behaviors of Hispanic women. Specifically, I focus on how embeddedness within a Hispanic community, as well as a woman’s level of social support exchange with kin and non-kin help explain her current gender role attitudes and household labor allocation. I found that ethnic embeddedness during adolescence best explained gender role attitudes while current ethnic embeddedness was a more substantive determinant of household labor allocation. I conclude that factors regarding a woman’s level of assimilation, as well as more precise measures of ethnic embeddedness may help better explain the relationship between ethnic embeddedness and gendered attitudes and behaviors.

Date

2004

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Jill Suitor

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Sociology Commons

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