Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Editor's Comments

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All the articles in this issue of the Journal are rich in cross-cultural, cross-national and cross-religious variations among such nations as Denmark, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, Latin America, The United States and China. These articles speak well of our continued commitment to present findings on the family in a comparative perspective.

Two themes capture five of the six articles while a sixth paper stands alone in its unique feature. The two themes are marriage and immigration while the sixth has as its focus on cross national comparisons of household types.

The theme of marriage is addressed in the article of Turkish women immigrants in Denmark (Liversage and Ottosen), marital conflict and quality as impacted by migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong (Cheung), and marriages in China as they have changed through the three recent political-economic eras of the country (Song and Luke).

Migration and its impact on families is captured by a study by Lazarevic, Raffaelli, and Wiley. Their article points to a reverse process of socialization in those children of immigrant families from Easter Europe use language and non-linguistic brokering to help their parents in adapting to their new land, the United States. The second article on the theme of immigration is the continued role that absent father, migrant farm workers from Mexico and other Latin American nations continue to care for their children as they have migrated to The United States (Arditti, Kennington, Grzywacz, Jaramillo, Isom, Quandt andArcury).

The sixth article stands alone for its accent is on household composition. These authors (Dommaraju and Tan) are very ambitious in their breadth of nations of Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos) as they address the Parsons' and, especially, Goode's theory of modernization. …

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