Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 4, Summer

Cohabitation and Beyond: The Contribution of Each Partner's Relationship Satisfaction and Fertility Aspirations to Pathways of Cohabiting Couples
INTRODUCTIONOver the past few decades, couple formation patterns have changed dramatically in Australia and other western countries. Although most people get married at some stage, marriage rates have declined, and those who enter marriage do so later...
Combining Marriage and Children with Paid Work: Changes across Cohorts in Italy and Britain
INTRODUCTIONIn the second half of the twentieth century, women's employment rates increased markedly in all the advanced countries. As much research shows, the main source of this increase was the behaviour of married women and momers. Everywhere, work...
Guest Editors' Note and Introduction
It is something of a truism to note that marriage and family life has undergone massive social and demographic changes in the western world over the last few decades. And yet the pace and scale of the changes have been remarkable, particularly during...
How Long Is the Second (Plus First) Shift? Gender Differences in Paid, Unpaid, and Total Work Time in Australia and the United States
INTRODUCTION"Feminism: The Movement That Brought Women More Work." This statement is at the heart of criticism leveled by some against the 1960s feminist movement (Holmes 1996). The widespread entry of women into paid work, and the lack of equivalent...
Increasing Resource Inequality among Families in Modern Societies: The Mechanisms of Growing Educational Homogamy, Changes in the Division of Work in the Family and the Decline of the Male Breadwinner Model
INTRODUCTIONTheories of social inequality, whether influenced by Durkheim, Marx or Weber, have traditionally defined social class as a market relationship, with the family as the key unit of social stratification. This approach regards conjugal families...
Modified Maternalism: Nurses and Their Families Managing Work and Care in Australia
INTRODUCTIONWork life, family life and care are all being re-shaped in Australia as they are in other postindustrial societies. Family life is changing in response to labour market de-regulation, the growth of non standard work schedules and shifting...
Repartnering in the United Kingdom and Australia*
INTRODUCTIONRepartnering has become increasingly important in recent years as a result of relatively high divorce rates and increases in the percentage of cohabiting relationships that break-up rather than convert to marriage (de Vaus 2004; ONS 2004)....
"The Policeman and the Part-Time Sales Assistant": Household Labour Supply, Family Time and Subjective Time Pressure in Australia 1997-2006
INTRODUCTIONTo raise children, families require both financial resources and time to provide care and perform other domestic work. The demands are particularly high when children are young. Parents' options as to how they (can) divide the paid and unpaid...
Working Their Way out of Poverty? Gendered Employment in Three Welfare States*
INTRODUCTIONPaid work is increasingly seen by governments as the main solution to income maintenance and family well-being, and more categories of citizens are now expected to work their way out of poverty. Many researchers have argued that global labour...
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