Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer

Anthropological Approaches to the Arab Family: An Introduction
INTRODUCTION In this paper we draw attention to a number of methodological and conceptual issues related to the study of the Arab family. Our focus is on anthropological approaches. We choose this focus, not so much to consolidate disciplinary boundaries...
Families and the Handicapped in Northern Jordan
Families and the Handicapped in Northern Jordan* BY: WILLIAM C. YOUNG** The image of the Arab family that is frequently presented in the ethnographic literature (cf. Fakhouri, 1984; Geertz, 1979:333) is that of a large household containing many nuclear...
Femal Heads of Patriarchal Households: The Baggara
Whenever anthropologists study or write about patrilineal, gender-segregated societies, they almost invariably conjure up a particular package of gender-related characteristics. These characteristics may be sorted in several ways, for example, as hierarchies...
Migration, Family, and Household in Highland Yemen: The Impact of Socio-Economic and Political Change and Cultural Ideals on Domestic Organization
As Young's and Shami's introduction makes clear, it is common to use the phrase `Arab family' as if this represented a single form of domestic organization: the patrilineal, virilocal, extended family. The extended family may be the ideal residential...
Migration, Urbanization, and Women's Kin Networks in Tunis
PAULA HOLMES-EBER* In the late 1960s and 1970s researchers on the family in Tunisia all predicted a gloomy future for the extended patrilineal Arab family. Citing the growing number of nuclear households, the gradual erosion of respect for the patriarchal...
Patrilocal Co-Residential Units (PCUs) in Al-Barha: Dual Household Structure in a Provincial Town in Jordan
INTRODUCTION Al-Barha is a residential district in Irbid, the principal city in the north of Jordan and the second-largest urban area in the country (after Amman). Prior to the 1950s, al-Barha was a village located one mile west of the original city...
Political and Economic Conflict within Extended Kin Groups and Its Effects on the Household in a North Jordanian Village
Political and Economic Conflict within extended Kin Groups and its Effects on the Household in a North Jordanian Village** BY: MOHAMMED SHUNNAQ* INTRODUCTION In this paper I will investigate competition for political office and conflicts over land among...
The Impact of Male Migration on Domestic Budgeting: Egyptian Women Striving for an Islamic Budgeting Pattern
During the last two decades, more than two million Egyptian workers have migrated to the Arab oil-producing countries in search of better-paying jobs.1 Contrary to expectations the flow of migration has continued despite drop in oil prices. Moreover,...
The Impact of the Economic Embargo on Iraqi Families: Re-Structuring of Tribes, Socio-Economic Classes and Households
BY: QAIS N. AL-NOURI* Statement of the Research Problem Although the United Nations' economic embargo, imposed on Iraq on August 2, 1990, was intended to have a mainly economic and financial impact on the state, it has also had diverse and far-reaching...
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