(noun) The range of tasks completed by individuals in a group.
Example: In the United States, jobs typically filled by women are called pink collar jobs and include child care, domestic service (e.g. house cleaning), and nursing or jobs availability as determined by a caste system.
Audio Pronunciation: (di·vi·sion of la·bor)
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- Plural: divisions of labor
- The terms division of labor and social division of labor are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Word origin of “division” and “labor” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
division of labor. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/division-of-labor/
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“division of labor.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/division-of-labor/>.