Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Autumn

Beyond Resources and Patriarchy: Marital Construction of Family Decision-Making Power in Post-Mao Urban China*
In the studies of family decision-making power, a common observation has been the persistence of male dominance (Zvonkovic, et al., 1996). Resource theory assigns the blame to the unequal values of exchange resources that the husband and wife bring to...
COLD COMFORT: Mothers. Professionals, and Attention Deficit Disorder
MALACRIDA, Claudia, COLD COMFORT: Mothers. Professionals, and Attention Deficit Disorder. University of Toronto Press. 2003, 304pp., $27.95 softcover / $55.00 hardcover.Dr. Claudia Malacrida is a member of the faculty of the Department of Sociology at...
FILIAL PIETY: Practice and Discourse in Contemporary East Asia
IKELS, Charlotte, ed., FILIALPIETY: Practice and Discourse in Contemporary East Asia. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2004, 304pp., $21.95 softcover.The purpose of this book is to bring together the best research into the past, present...
Gender Differences in Gender-Role Attitudes: A Comparative Analysis of Taiwan and Coastal China*
Previous studies have demonstrated that women are more likely than men to support egalitarian gender-role attitudes (Brewster and Padavic 2000; Katsurada and Sugihara 1999; Mason and Lu 1988; Rice and Coates 1995; Wilson and Smith 1995) While considerable...
INTERFAITH FAMILIES: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage
KAPLAN, Jane, INTERFAITH FAMILIES: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004, 237pp., $39.95 hardcover.Marriages between Jews and Christians are fairly common place in North America's secularly oriented...
Mate Selection across Cultures
HAMON. Raeann R. and Bran B. INGOLDSBY, eds., MATE SELECTION ACROSS CULTURES. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003, 296 pp., $34.95 softcover/$60.00 hardcover.The goal of this superb book is to help readers understand the similarities and differences...
Medically Assisted Conception: Revolutionizing Family or Perpetuating a Nuclear and Gendered Model?
INTRODUCTIONIn recent decades, family life has been transformed by more effective birth control, women's stronger presence in higher education and paid work, global labour markets, and greater emphasis on personal choice and individual fulfillment. These...
MOTHER MATTERS; Motherhood as Discourse and Practice
O'REILLY, Andrea, ed.. MOTHER MATTERS; Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Toronto, Canada: Association for Research on Mothering, 2004, 257 $19.95 softcover.As stated on the cover of the book, this is a compilation of essays that had previously been...
Nayar Woman Today
RENJINI, P.. NAYAR WOMAN TODAY. India Classical Publishing Company, 2002, 180pp., hardcover.Renjini's Nayar Woman Today focuses on the changing status of Nayar women in the present context of Kerala.The matrilineal Nayars due to their peculiar marriage...
Parenting Style and Academic Achievement for East Indian and Canadian Adolescents*
Adolescent academic achievement has been linked to several influences distinctive to the home environment, such as parental involvement (Hickman. Greenwood. & Miller. 1995: Steinberg. Lamborn. Dornbusch. & Darline. 1992). f'amilv cohesion (Hein...
Post-Familial Families and the Domestic Division of Labour*
Recent commentators have argued that the family, as we have known it, has disappeared. For example, Giddens (2001 ) has referred to a "global revolution" in how we think of ourselves and how we form ties with others. Similarly Beck-Gernsheim has written...
Race and Independent Living among Elderly Brazilians since 1980
INTRODUCTIONThis paper describes independent living among elderly Brazilians 65+ since 1980. Elderly people constituted a small part of Brazil's populations initially, only 4 percent in 1975, but will constitute a significant proportion of the population...
SAME DIFFERENCE; How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships. Our Children, and Our Jobs
BARNET, Rosalind and Caryl RIVERS, SAME DIFFERENCE; How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships. Our Children, and Our Jobs. New York NY: Basic Books 2004. 278pp., $25.00 Canadian / $39.00 US hardcover.Black and white. Hard and soft. Men and women....
WELFARE IN IRELAND; Actors. Resources, and Strategies
PEILLON, Michel, WELFARE IN IRELAND; Actors. Resources, and Strategies. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2001, 193pp., $62.50 hardcover.Peillon's work represents a significant departure from the descriptive atheoretical case studies that dominated early...
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