Journal of Comparative Family Studies

A journal emphasizing research concerning cross-cultural families for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, 2010

Assessing Perceived Marriage Education Needs and Interests among Latinos in a Select Western Community*
INTRODUCTIONLatinos comprise the largest minority in the United States, estimated at 44.3 million, or 14.8 percent of fhe total population (U.S. Census, 2007). Wifh a 3.4 percent increase between July 1 , 2005, and July 1 , 2006, Latino was the fastest-growing...
Changing Family Structure in Botswana
INTRODUCTIONThere has been a change in the family structure of Botswana since independence. Gaisie (2000) notes that the old traditional nuclear and/or extended family structures have been gradually replaced, to a large extent, by zero-couple or single...
Editor's Comments
This issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (Vol. 41,No. 3, 2010) is an especially exciting one. It is an exciting issue because it provides us with a rich array of data from around the world including almost every continent. It is also exciting...
Family Violence in India: Human Rights, Issues, Actions and International Comparisons
S. Shirwadkar, Editor. FAMILY VIOLENCE IN INDIA: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISSUES, ACTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS. Jaipur, India: Rowat Publications, 2009, 484 pp., (he) $60.This edited volume brings together scholars from across India-as well as the UK,...
Figuring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and Youth
Jennifer Cole and Deborah Durham, Editors. HGURING THE FUTURE: GLOBALIZATION AND THE TEMPORALITIES OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH. School for Advanced Research Press, 2008, $29.95.This is a volume of ethnographic essays highlighting the ways in which temporality...
Finding Community in Family: Neighborhood Effects and African American Kin Networks*
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEWThe increase in concentrated urban poverty in the last thirty years has led researchers to focus on neighborhood contexts (Ainsworth, 2002). In response to demographic shifts in neighborhoods and related social dislocations,...
Intermarriage Attitude among Ethnic Minority and Majority Groups in the Netherlands: The Role of Family Relations and Immigrant Characteristics1
INTRODUCTIONEthnic distance refers to the extent to which people wish to avoid contact with members of ethnic out-groups (Bogardus, 1959). Kinship by marriage is one of the most intimate relationships and, therefore, the domain of life with the highest...
Interracial Families: Current Concepts and Controversies
George Yancey and Richard Lewis, Jr. INTERRACIAL FAMILIES: CURRENT CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES. New York: Roudedge, 2009. 176pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-99034-9.The authors oí Interracial Families argue that the study interracial marriage "gives incredible insight...
Is That Your Child? Mothers Talk about Rearing Biracial Children
Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd. IS THAT YOUR CHILD? MOTHERS TALK ABOUT REARING BIRACIAL CHILDREN. Lanham,MD: Lexington Books, 2009, 134 pp. Price: $55.00. ISBN: 978-0-739 1 -2763-6 (he).Drawing on semi-structured interviews, in this book Kilson and...
Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture
J. Pugh Allison. LONGING AND BELONGING: PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND CONSUMER CULTURE, 320 pages, University of California Press, 2009, (he) $55.00, (pb) $18.76.This engaging exploration of the relationships between children, parents, and children's consumer...
Marriage Pattern of Immigrants in Sweden*
INTRODUCTIONAs Lieberson and Waters (1988) point out, the increasing rate of mixed marriage between whites and non- whites indicates a weakening of racial and ethnic boundaries. According to Steinberg (2001), mixed marriage between immigrants and members...
Marriage Today: Exploring the Incongruence between Americans' Beliefs and Practices
INTRODUCTIONAlthough marriage is more unstable than ever, Americans continue to marry in large numbers. It is expected that 85% of adults in the U.S. will marry at some point in their Uves (Bachrach, Hindin, and Thomson, 2002; Popenoe and Whitehead,...
New Choices New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood
Nancy J. Mezey. NEW CHOICES NEW FAMILIES: HOW LESBIANS DECIDE ABOUT MOTHERHOOD. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, 1 87 pp., $25.00 (pb), ISBN 13: 978-0-8018-9000-0.In addition to the author's knowledge as an insider, her use of qualitative...
Predictors of Adaptation among Adolescents from Immigrant Families in Portugal*
INTRODUCTIONImmigration is changing the cultural and ethnic composition of many countries (U.N. Population Report, 2002). Immigration and ethnic minority issues pose major social and political challenges to contemporary Europe. However as PhalJet and...
Profiles of Grandmothers Providing Child Care to Their Grandchildren in South Korea*
INTRODUCTIONGrandmothers are often die first choice for nonparental child care in many countries including South Korea (Korea hereafter). As of 2004, 6 1 .9% of employed Korean motiiers with infants utilized kin-based child care, which predominantly...
The Passing CCKs in Japan: Analysis on Families of Cross-Border Marriages between Japanese and Brazilian
INTRODUCTIONIn Japan, there were 44,701 cross-border marriages in 2006-the highest number ever on record. Currently, one out of every 16 marriages in Japan is a cross-border marriage. This increase in cross-border marriages has also led to an increase...
Wives, Widows, Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India
Mytheli Sreenivas. WIVES, WIDOWS, CONCUBINES : THE CONJUGAL FAMILY IDEAL IN COLONIAL INDIA, Bloomington, TN, U.S.A: Indiana University Press, 2008, pp. 169.This book focuses on the Tamil region, specifically the Tamil speaking areas in the southeast...
Women and Social Reform in Modern
Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar, Editors. WOMEN AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MODERN INDIA: AREADER. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN., 2008.This volume, comprised of two parts, is a collection of twenty-three important scholarly articles in Part I complemented...
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