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Volume 1 Issue 1 - July 27, 2007

An Ethnography of Children's Participation in Domestic Work in Nicosia

Loucas Antoniou

The paper presents preliminary findings on children's participation in domestic work in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. It attempts to conceptualize the division of housework in terms of gender, birth rank as well as in terms of children's social rhythms. The findings are based on the first twenty-five in-depth interviews with children aged 10-12. As the findings suggest, girls and first-born children do more work than same-age boys but differences also exist among different types of households. Often, first-born boys tend to perform more work than their younger siblings. Parents' attitudes and values towards work often influence, in one way or another, the extent, nature and commitment of children's participation in domestic work. The research aims to investigate the ways children and adults living in the same households negotiate housework rules and norms in order to understand the effects this has on the reproduction and change of family living.