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Department of Sociology


In this talk, based on her book, Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment, 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 behaviours 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.

This event was held on Tue 17 Nov 2020, 12:30-1:45pm (GMT)

About the author:

Aliya Hamid Rao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics.  She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University in 2018.

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