Han hjälper ju till : En kvalitativ studie av kvinnors emotionella arbete i hemmet
Sammanfattning: The term emotional labor is becoming a central part of the conversation about the division of household work. Emotional labor can be defined as emotion management and life management combined. It is the unpaid, invisible work women do to keep those around them comfortable and happy. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of how women in ten heterosexual relationships experience the invisible and mental work in the home. By focusing on women’s emotions we aimed to study how the emotional work is shaped and distributed. We also studied the extent to which women manage their families and their feelings regarding their responsibilities. The data has been gathered through a qualitative research method. We conducted ten semi structured interviews with women in current relationships with their children’s fathers. The data has been analyzed with the help of Hochschilds theory about emotional labor and Daniels definition of invisible work. The results of the study show that women experience both positive and negative emotions related to their responsibilities inside the home. Women manage these emotions through deep acting by placing their emotional states into one that is socially acceptable for a given situation and through surface acting by changing their public display of emotion. Regarding the domestic management role we found that the women in our study have a primary responsibility for the household work as for the children’s needs and everyday lives.
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