Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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This issue of the Journal of Oorparative Family Studies is especially exciting. Tanaka and Lowry (Mterialism, Gender, and Family Values in Europe ) further prcpel the explanation, of traditicnal demograhic data such as fertility ky cultural values. The addition of geopolitical boundaries is especially intriguing. Indeed, several other papers in this issue could be used to further various dimensions of this argumant. Huang, Ososkie, and Hsu (Impact on Marital and Sibling Relationships of Taiwanese Families Who Have a Child with a Disability) details changing values on disability in Taiwan. Ishida (Ethnicity , Assiniilaticn, and Unpartnered Childbearing in Guatemala) discusses differential values on reproduction and union formation between ethnic Guatemalans. Schuler and Kottach (Why Does Woman's Empowerment In One Generation Not Lead To Later Marriage and Childbearing In The Next?: Qualitative Findings From Bangladesh) targets the intergenerational transmission of valus) remind us that despite changes in values these values necessarily interact with constraints such as poverty and economic crises. Likewise Hackett (Domestic Violence against Women: Statistical Crime Trends across India) further cautions that interactions between economic and social parameters may be complex such as the suggestion that wifeabuse in India's states, are more prevalent in more socially developed areas. Butler-Sweet, ("A Healthy Black Identity" Transracial Adoption, Middle-Class Families, and Racial Socialisation) in her comparative study of adoption in three combinations of racial parants, argues that the set of values we commonly identify as social class might be at least as important as racial identity. …

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