Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, Autumn

Asymmetry and Symmetry of Conjugal Violence
GENDER ASYMMETRY AND SYMMETRY IN CONJUGAL VIOLENCE Traditional perspectives on conjugal violence have all rested on the empirical assumption that males are more likely than females to engage in violent activity in conjugal relationships. In fact, the...
Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders
NEAL, Margaret B, Nancy J. CHAPMAN, Berit, INGERSOLL-DAYTON, Arthur C. EMI.EN, BALANCING WORK AND CAREGIVING FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS, AND ELDERS (Family Caregiver Applications Series, Volume 3). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1993, 292 pp., $24.00...
Between Marriage and Market: Intimate Politics and Surival in Cairo
HOODFAR, Homa, BETWEEN MARRIAGE AND MARKET: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997, 320 pp., $16.95 softcover / $45.00 hardcover. This wise and scholarly ethnographic work is the result of a field...
Double-Surnames and Gender Equality: A Proposition and the Spanish Case
INTRODUCTION - Hillary Rodham, speaking to Bill Clinton about changing her name to his before his 1982 campaign for Governor of Arkansas. (Bruck, 1994: 64) Women have long seen their identities subsumed by family life; a woman's loss of her "maiden name"...
Family Life among El Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans: A Comparative Study
The information base regarding the family life of Central Americans outside their homelands remains limited despite their presence in a number of countries. In this paper I report on a qualitative study conducted among El Salvadorans, Guatemalans and...
Forms of Economic Security and the Family
THE PROBLEM The quest for social and economic security underlies much of human behavior and has led to many structural features of society. It has contributed to the formation of families, communities, and other primary groups which lend economic and...
Impact of Acculturation on Socialization Beliefs and Behavioral Occurences among Indo-Canadian Immigrants
INTRODUCTION The multicultural character of the Canada has emerged as a result of the society hosting immigrants belonging to various ethno-cultural groups. When the immigrants enter Canada, they bring with them a cultural baggage that contains a unique...
Married Women and Property Law in Victorian Ontario
CHAMBERS, Lori, MARRIED WOMEN AND PROPERTY LAW IN VICTORIAN ONTARIO. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 1997, 237 pp., $18.95 softcover. In Married Women and Property Law in Victor-an Ontario, Lori Chambers provides an engaging and detailed...
Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls
MADRIZ, Esther, NOTHING BAD HAPPENS TO GOOD GIRLS: Fear of Crime in Women's Lives. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997, 187 pp., $20.00 softcover / $40.00 hardcover. From a social constructionist and radical feminist perspective, Esther...
Perceptions of Couple Decision Making in Panama
Family is viewed as central to Latin American society, and yet little is known about the interdynamics between husbands and wives within a patriarchal society that has had strong influences from the Roman Catholic Church. Family is the context in which...
Picture Brides: Japanese Women in Canada
MAKABE, Tomoko, PICTURE BRIDES: Japanese Women in Canada. North York, Ontario: Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1995, 180 pp., $24.95 softcover This is an English translation of a book first written in Japanese by a young Japanese woman, Tomoko...
Poverty Transitions among Elderly Widows
Hiroko H. Dodge's book summarizes the author's research study of transitions into and out of poverty among elderly widows. The study's primary objectives were to I ) determine how the death of a spouse disproportionately devastates the female survivor's...
Preserving Multiple Ancestry: Intermarriage and Mixed Births in Hawaii
A fundamental indicator of the extent to which cultural boundaries between groups are being preserved or being eroded is to be found in data on intermarriage. Many studies have taken an increase in intermarriage to indicate a decline in social distance...
Shifting Circles of Support: Contextualizing Kinship and Gender in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
PALRIWALA, Rajni and Carla RISSEEUW, eds., SHIFTING CIRCLES OF SUPPORT: Contextualizing Kinship and Gender in South Asia, and Sub- Saharan Africa. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press (A Division of Sage Publications, Inc.), 1996, 343 pp., $34.95 hardcover....
Strengthening Aging Families: Diversity in Practice and Policy
With an emphasis on a holistic approach and diverse challenges facing the aging family, Strengthening Aging Families: Diversity in Practice and Policy is a welcome addition and much needed alternative to existing literature which too often applies a...
The Abuse of Women and Children by Divorce Lawyers and Judges
WINNER, KAREN, DIVORCED FROM JUSTICE: The Abuse of Women and Children by Divorce Lawyers and Judges. New York, NY: Regan Books (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers), 1996, 329 pp., $24.00 hardcover. Divorced from Justice is a carefully researched...
The Impact of Race on Divorce in the United States
The study of marital instability continues to attract the attention of social and behavioral scientists including sociologists, psychologists and psychiatrists, in part because marital disruption has been observed to have consequences for both individuals...
The Spirit of Open Adoption
GRITTER, James L., THE SPIRIT OF OPEN ADOPTION. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America, 1997, 315 pp., $18.95 softcover. As we look to establish meaningful and comfortable places for ourselves in our postindustrial families, we are encountering...
The Two-Child Family: The Egyptian Model of Family Planning
The concern over population growth is not new, nor have the parameters of the debate about its potential consequences changed very much during the last 200 years (Moffet, 1994, Sen, 1994, Wangh, 1995, U.S. News, 1994, Wattenberg,1987). In his 1798 Essay...
Well Being of Youngsters of Divorce without Contact with Nonresident Parents in the Netherlands
INTRODUCTION In this article the relation between variables denoting well-being and lack of contact with a nonresident parent will be explored for youngsters aged from 12 to 24 years in the Netherlands1. Most studies stress the importance of both mothers...
Women, Power, and Childbirth: A Case Study of a Free-Standing Birth Center
TURKEL, Kathleen Doherty, WOMEN, POWER, AND CHILDBIRTH: A Case Study of a Free-Standing Birth Center. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey (an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group), 1995, 184 pp., $52.95 hardcover. This book is both, as its subtitle...
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