Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 3, Autumn

Acculturation of Arab-American Immigrants: An Exploratory Study
As noted by Sporakowski (1993 : 299), "The United States has probably always been a country of immigrants and migrants." Tavakoliyadzi goes further to describe the United States as having been historically "... a haven for immigrants (1981: 56)." Immigrants...
A Comparitive Analysis of the Effect of Domestic Institutions on Suicide Ideology
Attitudes towards suicide found in the subcultures of soico-demographic groups can be important correlates of actual suicidal behavior (e.g. Stack and Wasserman, 1992). They can also be instrumental to the primary prevention of suicide (e.g. Sale et...
African American Single Mothers: Understanding Their Lives and Families
DICKERSON, Bette, ed., AFRICAN AMERICAN SINGLE MOTHERS: Understanding Their Lives and Families. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Sage Series on Race and Ethnic Relations, Volume 10), 1995, 200 pp., $24.00 softcover. Reviewed by: LYNDA DICKSON *...
A History of the Family: Volume 1: Distant Worlds, Ancient Worlds
BURGUIERE, Andre, Christiane KAPLISCH-ZUBER, Martine SEGALEN and Francoise ZONABEND, eds., A HISTORY OF THE FAMILY: Volume 1: Distant Worlds, Ancient Worlds. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996, 713 pp., $39.95 hardcover....
Children and the Politics of Culture
STEPHENS, Sharon, ed., CHILDREN AND THE POLITICS OF CULTURE. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995, 366 pp., $17.95 / $55.00 hardcover. Reviewed by: LINDA MILLER MATTHEI * The papers in this volume developed out of an international, interdisciplinary...
Current Widowhood: Myths and Realities
LOPATA, Helena Znaniecka, CURRENT WIDOWHOOD: Mths & Realities. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996, 251 pp., $21.95 softcover. Reviewed by: BESS A ROTHENBERG * The issue of widowhood has traditionally been swept under the carpet by most academics...
Family, Women, and Employment in Central Eastern Europe
LOBODZINSKA, Barbara, ed., FAMILY, WOMEN, AND EMPLOYMENT IN CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996, 344 pp., $65.00 hardcover. Reviewed by: KRISTIN MARSH How has the transition away from state socialism affected women's lives in...
Female Role Change and Male Response in the Post-Nomadic Urban Environment: The Case of the Israeli Negev Bedouin
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY Numerous attempts have been undertaken by Middle Eastern governments in recent years to bring social development to nomadic populations through the use of resettlement and public service provision. States which only formally...
Gender Equality and Participation in Housework: A Cross-National Perspective
INTRODUCTION The gender division of labor in the home is a central component of the continued existence of gender stratification. Recent feminist theory has argued that the division of labor in the home is more than just an unequal distribution of tasks...
Good Enough Mothering?: Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood
SILVA, Elizabeth Bortolaia, ed., GOOD ENOUGH MOTHERING?: Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood. Florence, KY: Routledge, 1996, 241 pp., $19.95 softcover. Reviewed by: PAULA CHEGWIDDEN * This is a British collection of eleven articles analyzing the...
Griffin, Gender Issues in Elder Abuse
AITKEN, Lynda and Gabriele GRIFFIN, GENDER ISSUES IN ELDER ABUSE Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996, 179 pp., $23.95 softcover. Reviewed by : MARCIA L. BELLAS * Most victims of elder abuse are women. Yet, as Aitken and Griffin contend in Gender...
Homeworkers in Global Perspective: Invisible No More
BORIS, Eileen and Elisabeth PRUGL, eds., HOMEWORKERS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Invisible No More. Florence, KY: Routledge, 1996, 327 pp., $19.95 softcover. .1 Reviewed by: MARK MOBERG * In its unceasing "creative destruction" of existing labor processes...
Library in a Book: Sexual Harassmant
JONES, Const ance, LIBRARY INA BOOK: Sexual Harassment. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1996, 280 pp., $24.95 hardcover. Reviewed by: ANN GOETTING* Library in a Book: Sexual Harassment provides a lucid feminist introduction to understanding sexual harassment...
Multiracial Couples: Black and White Voices
ROSENBLATT, Paul C., Terri A. KARIS, Richard D.POWELL, MULTIRACIAL COUPLES: Black and White Voices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995, 305 pp., $21.95 softcover / $44.00 hardcover. Reviewed by : DEBBIE STORRS * Interracial marriage has become...
New Poverty: Families in Postmodern Society
Press, David, 209 pp., NEW POVERTY: Families in Postmodern Society. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996, 209 pp., $55.00 hardcover. Reviewed by: VICTOR THIESSEN * Without particularly embracing it, Cheal utilizes modernization theory, in its various...
On a Panhuman Preference for Monandry: Is Polyandry an Exception?
INTRODUCTION This article explores the following proposition: that monandrous marriage arrangements marriages simultaneously involving one or more females but only one male are universally preferred. The formal object of analysis is marriage wherein...
Pitied but Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, 1890-1935
GORDON, Linda, PITIED BUT NOT ENTITLED: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, 1890-1935. New York: Free Press, 1994, 433 pp., $22.95 hardcover Reviewed by: HEATHER JON MARONEY * Gordon's multifactor historical analysis of the development of policy...
Polygamous Families in Contemporary Society
ALTMAN, Irwin and Joseph GINAT, POLYGAMOUS FAMILIES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996, 512pp., $27.95 softcover Reviewed by: STACY A. HAMMONS * Using a transactional perspective, Altman and Ginat study members of two...
The Frog, the Prince, and the Problem of Men
DENCH, Geoff, THE FROG, THE PRINCE, AND THE PROBLEM OF MEN, London: Neanderthal Books, 1994, 251 pp., $12.95 softcover. Reviewed by: N. JANE McCANDLESS * Using the story of the Frog Prince as a point of reference, Dench argues that patriarchy should...
The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City
GUTMAN, Matthew C., THE MEANINGS OF MACHO: Being a Man in Mexico City. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1996, 330 pp., $17.00 / fI 13.95 softcover, $45.00 If 35.00 hardcover. Reviewed by : PABLO VILA * A welcome addition...
The Portrait of the Unemployed Father in Finnish Women's Magazines
UNEMPLOYMENT AND FATHERHOOD This study began at a time when unemployment had already become a sizeable political problem in Finnish society. New statistics were constantly appearing as evidence of rising numbers of unemployed people. The aim of this...
The Prevalence and Determination of Wife Abuse in Urban China
INTRODUCTION Wife abuse as an enduring social issue and an institutionalized form of violence against women transcends national and cultural boundaries. In recent decades, despite an increasing public effort combating against it, wife abuse persists,...
Understanding Diverse Families: What Practitioners Need to Know
OKUN, Barbara, UNDERSTANDING DIVERSE FAMILIES: What Practitioners Need to Know. New York: Guilford Press, 1996, 369 pp., $35.00 hardcover Reviewed by: CHESTER A. WINTON * Postmodern theorists write that post-industrial societies are characterized by...
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