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Daminger's research focuses on gender inequality in family life. Her current project centers on "cognitive labor": the work of anticipating households needs, identifying and selecting among options for meeting those needs, and monitoring the outcomes. Daminger also writes about the changing nature of gender in the twenty-first century and what it will take to make further progress toward gender equality.
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Shows how couples can acknowledge the traditional gendering of their household practices even as they describe the process of allocating household labor as fundamentally "de-gendered." Describes while this de-gendering helps prevent spousal conflict, it also directs attention away from the inequalities that continue to shape domestic life.
Defines cognitive labor (the mental work involved in running a household and raising children) and shows how gender shapes its allocation between different-sex partners.