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domestic labor

Definition of Domestic Labor

(noun) The numerous tasks associated with maintaining a household.

Examples of Domestic Labor

  • Bathing children.
  • Changing diapers (also called nappies).
  • Cleaning the bathroom.
  • Preparing meals.
  • Shopping for groceries.
  • Taking out the trash.

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Cite the Definition of Domestic Labor

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “domestic labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-labor/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

domestic labor. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-labor/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “domestic labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-labor/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“domestic labor.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-labor/>.