The ‘triple overlap’ refers to the link between gender stratification, the household and economic variables. In this volume, leading sociologists examine this overlap as a totality, providing theoretical concepts and new research on how the triple overlap works, both inside the family and within the broader context of society. Their competing conceptions of the interrelationship of gender, family and economy are bolstered by empirical papers which raise questions of culture, class and race within the contexts of both the developed and developing worlds. Six of the articles in this volume were previously published as a Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues.

Households as an Institution of the World-Economy

Households as an Institution of the World-Economy

Households as an institution of the world-economy

For the past 100 to 150 years, we have had a generally accepted image of the family and its historical evolution that has permeated our consciousness and served as part of the general conceptual apparatus with which we have viewed the world. This image had three main elements. First, the family was previously large and extended, but today (or in modern times) it has been getting smaller and more nuclear. Second, the family was previously engaged primarily in subsistence production but today it draws its income primarily from the wage-employment of adult (but nonaged) members. Third, the family was previously a structure virtually indistinguishable from economic activities but today it is a ...

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