Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, Spring

"Breadwinners" or "Involved Fathers?" Men, Fathers and Work in Italy
INTRODUCTIONIn the post-modern era (the last few decades of the twentieth century) gender roles have undergone some important changes. In traditional (pre-industrial) societies they were clearly separated, with the woman mainly dedicated to childcare...
Family Relations as Social Capital
INTRODUCTIONThis essay focuses on the relevance of family relationships (conceived as familial social capital) to the common good (conceived as public social capital). Sociological literature rarely includes (family) relationships among the building...
Foreign Families in the Italian Context: Migration Processes and Strategies
INTRODUCTIONIn a worldwide context of growing migration processes Italian and international research confirm the central role played by the family in the migration plans and strategies of individuals (Donati, 2007; Zanatta, 2003; Gozzoli and Regalia,...
Introduction to the Special Issue
In an international context sorely tested by years of economic crisis, the socio-economic situation of Italian families appears to be tough. Whilst financial and social difficulties are affecting a growing number of households, the family is considered...
Moms & Work: A Complex Relationship
INTRODUCTIONThe present contribution analyses the complex relationship between maternity and paid work, a topic widely treated, with some ambivalence, in socio-economic literature as well as current European policies (Mazzucchelli, 2011b; Prandini, 2012b)....
No Country for Old Men? Italian Families Facing the Challenges of an Aging Society
INTRODUCTIONAGING AND LIFE COURSE: AN OVERVIEWIn the Western world, aging is a slow, gradual process generally lasting longer than in the past or in other societies. It is also an increasingly heterogeneous phenomenon (Tognetti Bordogna, 2007; Glen and...
Portraits of the Italian Family: Past, Present and Future
INTRODUCTIONIn the late 1950s, when in Italy, as elsewhere in Europe, the final phase of the process known as the "(first) demographic transition" was taking place, the Italian edition of the Multilingual Demographic Dictionary (IUSSP, 1959), in defining...
The Complex Relationship between Values and Couple Patterns
INTRODUCTIONThe purpose of this contribution is to identify, and reflect on, patterns of the couple bond, both established and ideal, in Europe and particularly in Italy.Recent sociological literature presents diverse perspectives on the couple relationship...
Transition to Adulthood in Italy: An Intergenerational Perspective
INTRODUCTIONOver the past few decades, families in industrialized countries have witnessed a prolonged transition to adulthood (Arnett, 2000; Buchamm and Kriesi, 2011; Buhl and Lanz, 2007; Fussell and Gauthier, 2005; Micheli andRosina, 2009; Scabini...
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