division of labor (social division of labor)

(noun) The specialization of jobs or tasks in a group as determined by age, caste, class, gender, ethnicity, profession, etc.

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.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: divisions of labor
  • The terms division of labor and social division of labor are used interchangeably in a sociological context.

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