Gender, Work and Motherhood in Policy and Practice: Insights from In-depth Research in South Korea and China

Sirin Sung, Yi Zhang, Christine Skinner

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This article uncovers the lived experiences of working mothers balancing work and care in South Korea and China. It examines the impact of gender ideology on mothers’ experience of combining paid work and childcare within the family. Although studies have focused on the influence of gender ideology on the gender division of labour, existing studies focus mainly on quantitative measures. Little qualitative research has explored the impact of gender ideology on the lived experiences of mothers managing work and care or the role that grandparents might play in perpetuating traditional values and cultural beliefs. Drawing on qualitative data from in-depth interviews conducted in South Korea and China in 2014, this article argues that traditional expectations of childcare as women’s work persist even in dual-earner families.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalCommunity, Work 38; Family
Publication statusUnpublished - 21 Nov 2019

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  • Work; Childcare; Gender Ideology; Gender Inequality; Privileged Irresponsibility

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