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Religious Identity and Family Practices in a Post-Communist Society: The Case of Division of Labor in Childcare and Housework

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Department of Political Science, Vytautas Magnus University, 44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Sociology, Vytautas Magnus University, 44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Religions 2021, 12(12), 1040; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121040
Received: 29 September 2021 / Revised: 16 November 2021 / Accepted: 19 November 2021 / Published: 24 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
This paper aims to analyze the way religious identification and practices influence family practices in the division of labor in childcare and housework in contemporary Lithuania. The analysis is based on a quantitative survey (n = 3000) representing the last Soviet generation born between 1970 and 1985. The sample was distributed across five groups according to religious identification and practices—devout religionists, somewhat devout religionists, traditional religionists, cultural religionists and secularists. Statistical data analysis showed devout religionists and secularists were applying equal childcare and housework division practices. Meanwhile, the other three groups were practicing more traditional types of childcare and housework division practice where the main role is played by women. The results also show that religious identity is not relevant in explaining the way couples share housework duties. The results show that religious identification may lead to diverse family practices regarding childcare and housework divisions: reflexive and practiced (non)religious identification leads to more egalitarian family practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious identity; family values; childcare division; housework division; post-communist society religious identity; family values; childcare division; housework division; post-communist society
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Alisauskiene, M.; Maslauskaite, A. Religious Identity and Family Practices in a Post-Communist Society: The Case of Division of Labor in Childcare and Housework. Religions 2021, 12, 1040. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121040

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Alisauskiene M, Maslauskaite A. Religious Identity and Family Practices in a Post-Communist Society: The Case of Division of Labor in Childcare and Housework. Religions. 2021; 12(12):1040. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121040

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Alisauskiene, Milda, and Ausra Maslauskaite. 2021. "Religious Identity and Family Practices in a Post-Communist Society: The Case of Division of Labor in Childcare and Housework" Religions 12, no. 12: 1040. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121040

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