New grad seminar syllabus: Gender, Work, and Family

Here we go again! Last taught this seminar about 10 years ago. This is just the reading list. You can find the whole syllabus (and my others), on the teaching page here. With apologies to dear friends and colleagues whose work didn’t make it for one reason or another (principally jealously, ignorance, and laziness). I tried to balance mostly recent books and articles, qualitative and quantitative, review pieces and empirical studies, on the themes we usually cover in this seminar (Liana Sayer taught this last, so we have high standards). This time I added two weeks of pandemic studies, which may change as the semester unfolds. I’ve read about two-thirds of this stuff (if I were more optimistic about keeping up with the reading that fraction would be lower).

(Sorry for the paywalled links. If you don’t have library access, you might be able to get the articles by entering the DOIs into sci-hub, here; or, if that doesn’t work, this page lists alternatives. Or you can google “Where is sci-hub?”)

Good luck out there this semester!

An excited group of graduate students discover new knowledge in a collection of books and articles, in the style of Roy Lichtenstein (via DALL-E2)

Gender, Work, and Family

Schedule and topics

January 26: Introduction and overview

Cohen, Philip N. 2020. The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change (3rd edition). WW Norton. Chapter 11: Work and Family.

Perry-Jenkins, Maureen, and Naomi Gerstel. 2020. “Work and Family in the Second Decade of the 21st Century.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(1):420–53. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12636.

February 2: Theory and explanation

Graham, Elspeth. 2021. “Theory and Explanation in Demography: The Case of Low Fertility in Europe.” Population Studies 75(sup1):133–55. doi: 10.1080/00324728.2021.1971742.

Few-Demo, April L., and Katherine R. Allen. 2020. “Gender, Feminist, and Intersectional Perspectives on Families: A Decade in Review.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(1):326–45. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12638.

Acker, Joan. 2006. “Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations.” Gender & Society 20(4):441–64. doi: 10.1177/0891243206289499.

February 9: The Gender Revolution 1

Ruggles, Steven P. 2015. “Patriarchy, Power, and Pay: The Transformation of American Families 1800-2015.” Demography 52(6):1797-1823

Thistle, Susan. 2006. From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women’s Lives and Work. University of California Press. Chapters 1-3.

February 16: The Gender Revolution 2

Goldscheider, Bernhardt, Lappegard. 2015. “The Gender Revolution: A Framework for Understanding Changing Family and Demographic Behavior.” Population and Development Review 41(2):207-239

England, Paula, Andrew Levine, and Emma Mishel. 2020. “Progress toward Gender Equality in the United States Has Slowed or Stalled.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(13):6990–97. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1918891117.

Dernberger, Brittany N., and Joanna R. Pepin. 2020. “Gender Flexibility, but Not Equality: Young Adults’ Division of Labor Preferences.” Sociological Science 7:36–56. doi: 10.15195/v7.a2.

February 23: Gender, household and family economics

Ragnarsdóttir, Berglind Hólm, Sarah Kostecki, and Janet Gornick. 2022. “Accounting for the Value of Unpaid Domestic Work: A Cross-National Study of Variation across Household Types.” European Sociological Review jcac023. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcac023.

Blau, Francine D. and Anne E. Winkler. 2021 The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (9th Edition). Chapter 4, “The Family as an Economic Unit” (unless they changed the chapter order or titles this edition – will update.)

Yavorsky, Jill E., Claire M. Kamp Dush, and Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan. 2015. “The Production of Inequality: The Gender Division of Labor Across the Transition to Parenthood.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77(3):662–79. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12189.

March 2: Career and family

Goldin, Claudia. 2021. Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity. Princeton University Press.

March 9: Mothering, race and class

Fielding-Singh, Priya. 2021. How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America. Little, Brown.

March 16: Race, racism, and family poverty

Baker, Regina S., and Heather A. O’Connell. 2022. “Structural Racism, Family Structure, and Black–White Inequality: The Differential Impact of the Legacy of Slavery on Poverty among Single Mother and Married Parent Households.” Journal of Marriage and Family 84(5):1341–65. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12837.

Iceland, John. 2019a. “Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Poverty and Affluence, 1959–2015.” Population Research and Policy Review 38(5):615–54. doi: 10.1007/s11113-019-09512-7.

Williams, Deadric T. 2019. “A Call to Focus on Racial Domination and Oppression: A Response to “Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Poverty and Affluence, 1959–2015″.” Population Research and Policy Review 38(5):655–63. doi: 10.1007/s11113-019-09538-x.

Iceland, John. 2019b. “Reply to ‘A Call to Focus on Racial Domination and Oppression: A Response to “Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Poverty and Affluence, 1959–2015.”’” Population Research and Policy Review 38(5):665–69. doi: 10.1007/s11113-019-09542-1.

March 23: Spring Break

March 30: Race, gender, and reproduction

Littlejohn, Krystale E. 2021. Just Get on the Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics. University of California Press.

April 6: Gender, Work, and Fertility

Raybould, Alyce, and Rebecca Sear. 2021. “Children of the (Gender) Revolution: A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis of How Gendered Division of Labour Influences Fertility.” Population Studies 75(2):169–90. doi: 10.1080/00324728.2020.1851748.

Guzzo, Karen Benjamin, and Sarah R. Hayford. 2020. “Pathways to Parenthood in Social and Family Contexts: Decade in Review, 2020.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(1):117–44. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12618.

Cohen, Philip N. 2021. “Hard Times and Falling Fertility in the United States.” SocArXiv.

Tavernise, Sabrina, Claire Cain Miller, Quoctrung Bui, and Robert Gebeloff. 2021. “Why American Women Everywhere Are Delaying Motherhood.” The New York Times, June 16.

April 13: Pandemic studies 1: Fertility

Lindberg, Laura D., Jennifer Mueller, Marielle Kirstein, and Alicia VandeVusse. 2021. “The Continuing Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States: Findings from the 2021 Guttmacher Survey of Reproductive Health Experiences.” doi: 10.1363/2021.33301.

Sobotka, Tomas, Aiva Jasilioniene, Kryštof Zeman, Maria Winkler-Dworak, Zuzanna Brzozowska, Ainhoa Alustiza Galarza, Laszlo Nemeth, and Dmitri Jdanov. 2022. “From Bust to Boom? Birth and Fertility Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” SocArXiv.

Bailey, Martha J., Janet Currie, and Hannes Schwandt. 2022. “The Covid-19 Baby Bump: The Unexpected Increase in U.S. Fertility Rates in Response to the Pandemic.” Working Paper. Working Paper Series. National Bureau of Economic Research.

April 20: Pandemic studies 2: Family dynamics (includes violence)

Lyttelton, Thomas, Emma Zang, and Kelly Musick. 2023. “Parents’ Work Arrangements and Gendered Time Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Marriage and Family (forthcoming). doi: 10.1111/jomf.12897.

Craig, Lyn, and Brendan Churchill. 2021. “Working and Caring at Home: Gender Differences in the Effects of Covid-19 on Paid and Unpaid Labor in Australia.” Feminist Economics 27(1–2):310–26. doi: 10.1080/13545701.2020.1831039.

Bhuptani, Prachi H., Julia Hunter, Caroline Goodwin, Christopher Millman, and Lindsay M. Orchowski. 2022. “Characterizing Intimate Partner Violence in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review.” Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 15248380221126188. doi: 10.1177/15248380221126187.

April 27: Family change in comparative context

Esping-Andersen, Gosta, and Francesco C. Billari. 2015. “Re-Theorizing Family Demographics.” Population and Development Review 41(1):1–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2015.00024.x.

Zaidi, Batool, and S. Philip Morgan. 2017. “The Second Demographic Transition Theory: A Review and Appraisal.” Annual Review of Sociology 43. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-soc-060116-053442.

Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “Rethinking Marriage Metabolism: The Declining Frequency of Marital Events in the United States.”

Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “What’s the Story? Family Demography at the End of Progress.”  (Option video version:

May 4: Masculinity and fathering

Allen, Samuel H., and Shawn N. Mendez. 2018. “Hegemonic Heteronormativity: Toward a New Era of Queer Family Theory.” Journal of Family Theory & Review 10(1, SI):70–86. DOI:10.1111/jftr.12241.

Berdahl, Jennifer L., Marianne Cooper, Peter Glick, Robert W. Livingston, and Joan C. Williams. 2018. “Work as a Masculinity Contest.” Journal of Social Issues 74(3, SI):422–48. DOI:10.1111/josi.12289.

Bridges, Tristan, and C. J. Pascoe. 2014. “Hybrid Masculinities: New Directions in the Sociology of Men and Masculinities.” Sociology Compass 8(3):246–58. DOI:10.1111/soc4.12134.

Randles, Jennifer. 2018. “‘Manning Up’ to Be a Good Father: Hybrid Fatherhood, Masculinity, and US Responsible Fatherhood Policy.” Gender & Society 32(4):516–39. DOI:10.1177/0891243218770364.

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