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Division of Labour

Division of labour


Broadly ‘division of labour’ refers to the way in which different kinds of work, or parts of tasks, are divided up and allocated to (categories of) people who undertake them on a regular basis. Within families and households, labour is often divided up according to gender as well as age.


Ideas about a division of labour have their roots in broader, nineteenth and early twentieth century sociological analyses of the move from pre-industrial to industrial society. In pre-industrial societies, it was argued, there was less of a division of different sorts of labour between people, economic production was organized around the household, and social solidarity was rooted in similar lives. During industrialization, however, people became much more specialized in particular types ...

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