Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, Autumn

Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce
FISHER, Helen E., ANATOMY OF LOVE: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce, New York, NY: WW Norton & Co. Inc., 1992. 431 pp., $22.95 US / $27.99 Canadian hardcover. NANCY S. CONEY* Helen Fisher first made a mark with her book The...
Attitudes and Sex-Role Perceptions among Working Couples in India
SHALINI BHARAT* INTRODUCTION This study contrasts the attitudes and sex-role perceptions of working couples differing in terms of wives' job status (career vs. non-career wives) and belonging to two socio-cultural settings in India which can be regarded...
Changes in Norms and Behavior concerning Extended Kin in Taipei, Taiwan, 1963-1991
Changes in Norms and Behavior Concerning Extended Kin in Taipei, Taiwan, 1963-1991 * ROBERT M. MARSH** and CHENG-KUANG HSU*** Students of the family and kinship in various societies have long been concerned with the strength of ties among extended kin-relatives...
Chinese Families in the Post-Mao Era
DAVIS, Deborah and Stevan HARRELL eds., Chinese Families In The Post-Mao Era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993, 370 pp., $17.00 softcover/$55.00 hardcover. PYONG GAP MIN* Chinese Families in the Post-Mao Era, edited by Deborah Davis...
Family Patterns: Gender Relations
FOX, Bonnie J., ed., FAMILY PATTERNS: GENDER RELATIONS, Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 1993, 370 pp., $25.00 softcover. PAULA CHEGWIDDEN* The author of Family Patterns notes, and I agree, that what has been missing in undergraduate sociology...
Family Support Services in Sweden
VIVIEN DE BERNARDI* THE CHILD HEALTH CARE PROGRAM The current Swedish family care program is one of the most admired European models of social democracy and despite financial restrictions due to worldwide recession, the programs described here seem securely...
From Latent Surplus to Changing Norms: Fertility Behavior of the Israeli Bedouin along the Nomadism-Sedentarism Continuum
1960's when already deeply involved in the regional economy and labor market. Their standard of living and level of education are considerably higher than the other groups. Both group E and F live in brick houses in towns. Several indicators of actual...
Home Work: An Examination of the Sexual Division of Labor in the Urban Households of the East Indian and African Guyanese
Home Work: An Examination of the Sexual Division of Labor in the Urban Households of the East Indian and African Guyanese* KIMBERLY D. NETTLES** Studies of kinship amongst African peoples in the Americas have focused on examining the "problem" of so-called...
Housework in Canada: The National Picture
Recent survey research indicates that women are still overwhelmingly responsible for, and primarily carry out, the chief household chores (Coverman and Sheley, 1986; Berardo et al., 1987; Michelson, 1988). Most importantly, there appears to be little...
Human Reproduction: Principles, Practices, Policies
OVERALL, Christine, HUMAN REPRODUCTION: Principles, Practices, Policies, Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 1993,174 pp. $16.95 softcover SUSAN A. McDANIEL* The news media confronts us routinely with new social and ethical challenges on the frontiers...
Kinship and Modernization in Developing Societies: The Emergence of Instrumentalized Kinship
MAJID AL-HAJ* Theoretical Considerations The effect of modernization on kinship structure and the extended family in developing societies is a controversial issue. For a long time this field of research was dominated by the "convergence approach", which...
Single-Parent Families
KISSMAN, Kris and Jo Ann ALLEN, SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc, 1993, 159 pp., $14.95 Softcover JOYCE A. ARDITTI* Recently, single-parent families have been the subject of much debate and controversy-being blamed for...
The Politics of Abortion
BRODIE, Janine, Shelley A.M. GAVIGAN, and lane JENSON, The Politics of Abortion. Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press 1992, 204 pp., $17.95 softcover. ELAINE M. THEMO* The politics of abortion in Canada pivot on a tie vote in the Canadian Senate...
The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions (with a New Preface)
ALLEN, Paula Gunn, THE SACRED HOOP: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions (with a new preface). Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1992, 311 pp., $14.00 softcover. ANN GOETTING * The Sacred Hoop is a collection of essays, first published in 1986,...
University Modernizing Effects on Libyan Family and Culture
University Modernizing Effects on Libyan Family and Culture* QAIS N. AL-NOURI** INTRODUCTION In this paper I propose to treat the interplay of traditional and modernistic forces affecting Libyan educational patterns. Within this perspective the discussion...
U.S. Fathering Behaviors within a Cross-Cultural Context: An Evaluation by an Alternate Benchmark
Within the last three decades, there have been changing expectations, in many quarters, concerning the role of the father-figure, especially the U.S. father-figure. For reviews of the recent history of the U.S. father-figure and the tacit and notso-tacit...
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