Chapter

Labor

Douglas Harper and Palrizia Faccioli

in The Italian Way

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226317243
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226317267.003.0005
Labor

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This chapter examines how Italian women create and are created by their family food worlds. It discusses divisions of labor created by the family food worlds of Italy. The discussion of labor sees food preparation as one part of domestic labor, monopolized by women even as they have entered the labor force and as Italian families have changed in size, composition, and ideology. In most societies the division of family labor falls along gender lines and is hardly negotiated beyond that. The chapter examines men and women's attitudes toward domestic labor and details the various tasks involved with creating and maintaining the family food worlds.

Keywords: Italian women; Italy; Italian culture; Italian food; division of labor

Chapter.  8206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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