Sociology : Paid and Unpaid Labor

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Sociology

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Sociology

Which of the following is not an example of unpaid labor?

Possible Answers:

Unpaid internships

Forced labor

Volunteer work

None of these

Domestic labor

Correct answer:

None of these


"None of these" is the correct answer. Unpaid work is work that is done without compensation. In "unpaid internships," students work for a company in return for experience not money. "Domestic labor" is unpaid but necessary in order for a household to function. Feminists claim that the pay gap between men and women is increased when domestic labor by housewives is taken into account. They postulate that women work as much as men; however, their work is not compensated monetarily and is seen as insignificant in respect to the outside views of the family. THis is despite its necessary function and utility value. Likewise, "volunteer work" for charitable corporations and "forced labor" are unpaid. 

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