Essay on Househusband

5171 Words Aug 30th, 2014 21 Pages
Karla A. Esguerra
Professor Camille Ocampo
SOCI 3103
POWER STRUCTURE IN THE TRANSNATIONAL WIFE & HOUSEHUSBAND FAMILY IN A RURAL SETTING I. INTRODUCTION A. Background of the Study
The family is the one major sphere of capitalist society in which labour replacement services can be absorbed without payment-women pick up the burden unpaid (Engels 8). This notes the existence of patriarch societies in the past decades that gave women no power in the family. The patriarchism was brought into the country during the Spanish regime (Medina 174).In the Philippines, men are metaphorically referred to as “pillar of the home” signifying both the metaphorical importance of the man who makes the home stand and the material contributions
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B. Statement of the Problem
It has been a dispute that the spouse who has greater contributions has the greater relative power however; findings in the Philippines do not consistently support this argument. Regardless of the monetary contribution of the wife to household income, and no matter who brings the bigger income, the wife predominates in household allocation decisions (Alcantara 103). On the other hand, labor force participation of the wife has the most significant effect in increasing her share in decision-making related to money-matters (Bautista). The two opposing forces of egalitarian and double standard remain and continue to impinge on husband –wife relations, blurring the issue of who has the real power (Medina 174).
Every marriage or marriage-like relationship has a power structure or a dominance-deference pattern (Medina 161). Bases of power includes cultural norms, legal authority, socio-economic and political pressures, personal traits, skills and competence, family and kinship structure, situational factors, as well as the kind of resources each individual spouse brings into the marriage (Medina 177).
Certain indicators of power used by Contado are task role allocations, who makes decisions, who exercise the greater authority, and who exerts more influence in the decision making (as

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