Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring

Beyond the Bottom Line; the Search for Dignity at Work
RAYMAN, Paula M., BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE; The Search for Dignity at Work. New York, NY: Palgrave (St. Martin's Press), 2001, 220pp., $ 26.95 hardcover. "Can you work and have a life?" Paula Rayman addresses this question in her book, which looks not...
Biased Childhood Sex Ratios and the Economic Status of the Family in Rural China
Demographers have consistently found that in human populations male births are slightly more frequent than female births. Data from several European countries over different periods of time show that, on average, about 105 to 106 boys are born for every...
Competence and Family Support of Vulnerable and Invulnerable Adolescents Representing Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes in India
As the 215 century unfolds it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future of any society depends on the ability of its citizens to help children and youth develop their full potential and have the opportunity to lead productive and meaningful lives....
Education, Work, and Childbearing after Age 30
Beliefs about the "appropriate" age for motherhood have long governed the reproductive behavior of women. In 1950, a woman who wanted children was expected to complete her intentions by the end of her twenties. Thirty was believed to be too old (Mitchinson,...
Full Circles. Overlapping Lives: Culture and Generation in Transition
BATESON, Mary Catherine, FULL CIRCLES. OVERLAPPING LIVES: Culture and Generation in Transition. ;ew York, NY: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 2001, 263 pp., $12.95 softcover. This book, by the daughter of famous anthropologists Mary Margaret Mead and...
Immigrant Women Challenge the Role of Men: How the Changing Power Relationship within Iranian Families in Sweden Intensifies Family Conflicts after Immigration
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE If one is to describe and analyze the power of women in families in the Western world today, one should also discuss the situation of women in immigrant families. We know that the situation of women in Sweden is the best in an...
Indian Suicide and Marriage: A Research Note
INTRODUCTION Among the propositions so thoroughly confirmed that they may claim the status of sociological laws is that which states that marriage tends to 'protect' individuals from suicide. Durkheim noted that married people over 20 of both sexes -...
Life Stories of Women Who Left Abusive Men
GOETTING, Ann, LIFE STORIES OF WOMEN WHO LEFT ABUSIVE MEN. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1999, 286 pp., $ 24.95 hardcover. The statistics are terrifying: every year more than 2.5 million cases of battering are reported in the United States....
My Mother Who Fathered Me; a Study of the Families in Three Selected Communities in Jamaica
CLARK, Edith, MY MOTHER WHO FATHERED ME; A Study of the Families in Three Selected Communities in Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: The Press University of West Indies, 1999, 274pp., $25.00 softcover. This text is a re-issuing by the Clarke family of a classic...
No Paradise Yet; the World's Women Face the New Century
MIRSKY, Judith and Marty RADLETT, eds., NO PARADISE YET; The World's Women Face the New Century. London: The Panos Institute and Zed Books, 2000, 261 pp., $65.00 hardcover. This is one of the most eye-opening and disturbing books I have ever read. It...
Perceived Attitudes towards Romanticism: A Cross-Cultural Study of American, Asian-Indian, and Turkish Young Adults
Romanticism has been defined as: "a general disposition an individual has towards love, marriage, the family, and with relationships involving male-female interaction in which the affective component is regarded as primary and all other considerations...
Qualities Men Prefer for Children in the US and Sweden; Differences among Biological, Step and Informal Fathers
Most of the studies of the dramatic growth in cohabitation, in divorce, and in non-marital childbearing, a constellation of rapid changes sometimes called "the second demographic transition" (van de Kaa 1987), have linked these changes to the growth...
When Men Are Women; Manhood among Gabra Nomads of East Africa
WOOD, John C, WHEN MEN ARE WOMEN; Manhood Among Gabra Nomads of East Africa. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999, 240pp., $49.95 hardcover/$19.95 softcover. This book is an ethnographic account of the Gabra, nomadic pastoralists who inhabit...
Who Interracially Dates: An Examination of the Characteristics of Those Who Have Interracially Dated
Interracial romantic relationships are useful as a barometer of macrolevel race relations (Gordon, 1964; Lewis and Yancey, 1995; Yancey and Yancey, 1997). Members of different groups that have sufficiently reduced social distance between each other can...
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