head of household
- This term conventionally refers to the senior male in any household , in the role of husband and (perhaps) father, but in his absence is usually ascribed to the principal earner. The practice of taking the adult male of a household as the ‘head’ has been much criticized-at least in most industrialized countries-for its implicit assumption of male primacy. For example, the literature on social class is characterized by a long-standing controversy about the appropriate unit of analysis, a debate which turns on the acceptability or otherwise of classifying a whole household, in class terms, according to the class standing of its (usually male) head of household.
Dictionary of sociology. 2013.
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