Increase in Stay-At-Home Moms

As seen in the three sociological perspectives

Stay-At-Home Moms

A mother that stays at her home during the day. Unemployed, usually with the husband supporting the family.

The main reason for being a stay-at-home mom is to raise children better.

Functionalism and Gender

Pre- industrial society required a division of labor based on gender.

  • Women nursed and cared for children
  • Men were responsible for material needs
Industrialization made traditional division of labor less functional, belief system remains

Functionalism and Stay-At-Home Moms

a system where everything works towards efficiency. A stay at tome mom from a Structural functionalism point of view is that it fulfills an important role in a team, whereas a husband (if you have one) fulfills the other role of breadwinner- a stay at home mom plus a breadwinner husband makes for a pretty good team, ideally at least.
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Symbolic Interactionism and Gender

Gender and gender roles are learned through socialization process.

Women are socialized into expressive roles; men are socialized into instrumental roles

Symbolic Interactionism and Stay-At-Home Moms

Symbolic interactionism is just analyzing the communication, verbal or not, between you as a stay at home mom and the people you live with, husband (if any) or children.
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Conflict Theory and Gender

Continue domination by males requires a belief system that supports gender inequality.

Two beliefs

  • Women are inferior outside the home.
  • Women are more valuable in the home

Conflict Theory and Stay-At-Home Moms

Conflict Theory is the opposite and has a lot to do with power- a stay at home mom is under the power of the husband (if any) and thus there will be a conflict of interest, and from a conflict theory perspective, the social relationship is often master and subordinate, in your case, a stay at home may be the result of false consciousness- you don't realize that you are in a subordinate position.
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