Ann Oakley: women, childbirth and the invention of gender

Ann Oakley‘s work was the first serious academic study of housework (The sociology of housework, 1974; Housewife, 1974, and Woman’s Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, 1976). Previously we had posted an interview from 2013 in which she spoke of her radical feminist research about women who work at home and shared insights about qualitative research methods – very useful if you are planning to do qualitative interviews for the first time. Sadly, the video no longer exists on YouTube. So instead, here are two other interviews:

On women’s experience of childbirth:

and on the Invention of Gender: Social Facts and Imagined Worlds:


Categories: Outflanking Platitudes, Rethinking The World, Sociological Craft

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