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Time Use in Domestic Settings Throughout the Life Course

The Italian Case

  • Provides an in-depth study of the allocation of time spend on unpaid domestic work in a gender-unequal context: Italy

  • Studies a life-course approach focusing on the three pillars of unpaid domestic work: housework, childcare and elderly care

  • Addresses aspects often neglected in the current literature such as the allocation of time to domestic work among children and the elderly


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 1-9
  3. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 11-25
  4. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 27-48
  5. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 49-64
  6. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 79-102
  7. Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
    Pages 131-142

About this book


The volume is the first to take a life-course approach to the study of domestic work in Italy. It provides a coherent and systemic overview of time spent on housework, childcare and adult care over the life course. While most previous research has focused on the time adult women and men spend on housework and the division of domestic chores among partners, this unique contribution studies the amount of time spent on chores by Italians in different phases of the life course. It addresses relevant aspects often neglected in time use studies, such as the socialization to domestic chores among children, teenagers and young adults living in the parental home and the reproduction of gender inequalities in housework at later stages of the life course.


Domestic Work across the Life Course Childcare and Elderly Care Gender Equality in Italy Time Use Gender Differences Housework in Italy Micro and Macro Determinants of Housework Explaining Housework to Children and Young Adults Time Use in Italy Domestic Work among Children and Youth Childless Couple’s Housework time Housework and Childcare among Italians

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItaly

About the authors

Giulia Maria Dotti Sani is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento. Her main research areas are the sociology of the family, time use studies, and social stratification. Her methodological skills include time budget analysis, multilevel and panel modeling. She is specialized in the management and analyses of large household longitudinal and cross-sectional datasets (e.g. Multinational Time Use Study, European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, European Social Survey, Italian Household Survey and Time Use Survey). She has published original research in highly ranked international peer-reviewed journals such as the European Sociological Review, the Journal of Marriage and Family, the European Journal of Political Research, Social Science Research and the Journal of Family Issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Time Use in Domestic Settings Throughout the Life Course
  • Book Subtitle The Italian Case
  • Authors Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-78719-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78720-6
  • Series ISSN 2212-6368
  • Series E-ISSN 2212-6376
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 142
  • Number of Illustrations 24 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Gender Studies
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