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Crunch Time

How Married Couples Confront Unemployment

Aliya Hamid Rao

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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.

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dual income family, nonfiction, college education, working women, economics, job search, womens unemployment, marriage, gender norms, employment, womens work, unemployment, downsizing, mens unemployment, gendered work, womens studies, gender, job candidate, chores, household labor, housework, mens work, women in the workforce, layoffs