Teaching about Inequality in a Distance Education Course Using "The Second Shift"
Teaching Sociology Volume 35, Number 2, ISSN 0092-055X
This paper describes the use of a simple survey followed by discussion in an online sociology course to create a setting in which undergraduate students may learn about inequality from the study of everyday life. The method described in this paper relies on the common experience of a gendered household division of labor and on the use of Hochschild's (with Machung 1989) recognition, confirmed many times since, that working women in married or cohabiting relationships routinely return home from their paid work day to begin a "second shift" of domestic labor. The familiarity of these experiences combined with the online education platform and a simple, non-scientific survey of class members produced lively interchange, increased participation rates, and enhanced understanding of the everyday sources of societal inequality and its patterned support within the social structure.
Hauhart, R.C. (2007). Teaching about Inequality in a Distance Education Course Using "The Second Shift". Teaching Sociology, 35(2), 174-183.