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Crunch Time

How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

Aliya Hamid Rao

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Description

In Crunch Time, Aliya Hamid Rao gets up close and personal with college-educated, unemployed men, women, and spouses to explain how comparable men and women have starkly different experiences of unemployment. Traditionally gendered understandings of work—that it’s a requirement for men and optional for women—loom large in this process, even for marriages that had been not organized in gender-traditional ways. These beliefs serve to make men’s unemployment an urgent problem, while women’s unemployment—cocooned within a narrative of staying at home—is almost a non-issue. Crunch Time reveals the minutiae of how gendered norms and behaviors are actively maintained by spouses at a time when they could be dismantled, and how gender is central to the ways couples react to and make sense of unemployment.

University of California Press, 9780520298613, 308pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2020



About the Author

Aliya Hamid Rao is Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics.