• Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


This chapter offers a chapter-by-chapter overview of the main results of the volume and then exploits the repeated waves of the Italian Time Use Survey to give a descriptive overview of how time in the domestic setting has changed from the first wave in 1988–89 to the most recent wave in 2013–14. The results confirm previous studies by showing that, over the decades, women have been spending less time on housework and men more, thus resulting in an overall more gender-equal division of domestic chores among partners. Moreover, childcare time has also increased over the years, in line with previous international literature. The chapter draws on the results to discuss the implications of inequalities in domestic time for societal gender inequality and suggests avenues for future research.


Domestic work Housework Childcare Adult care Life course Italy Italian time use survey Gender inequality Changes over time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItaly

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