Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer

Changing Families in Contemporary Societies: An Overview
Changing Families in Contempory Societies; An Overview * DAN A. CHEKKI ** Families around the world, during the past quarter century, have been undergoing rapid changes in a myriad of ways. The variety of family structures that exist in advanced industrialized...
Childcare Choice and Constraints in the United States: Social Class, Race and the Influence of Family Views
One of the most pervasive aspects of the "Cultural war" (Hunter 1991; Wolfe 1993) over family life in the 1990s and next century is over the raising of children. Daycare versus care within the family for children under school age is one highly contested...
Down Memory Lane: 25 Years of Publication
GEORGE KURIAN* In the Autumn of 1970, The Journal of Comparative Family Studies, published its first issue. However, a lot of preparatory work had preceded this first edition before this could become a reality. I have been teaching Sociology of the Family...
Economies and Families: A Further Investigation of the Curvilinear Hypothesis
GARY R. LEE INTRODUCTION Over twenty years ago, Blumberg and Which (1972) published a study in which they ingeniously melded apparently conflicting empirical findings of previous studies to advance the theory of family structural complexity. They then...
Family Structure and Relationships: The Dyadic Approach
One of the most important conceptualisations is the one by Murdock ( 1949), where he uses the term family with the prefix nuclear. As far as I can see he did not add the prefix in order to distinguish the nuclear family from other family forms. His intention...
Family Values and Family Change
DAN A. CHEKKI The family in recent years, has been going through a process of rapid change. There has been much debate about family values by religious and political leaders, feminists and youth. Traditional and modern values clash resulting in further...
Resurrecting 'The Family': Interring 'The State'
In The Fiscal Crisis of the State, O'Connor (1973) maintains that states in capitalist societies have two essential roles; accumulation and legitimation. States help create the conditions for private profit-making by providing roads, sewers, highways,...
Rethinking the Role of Japanese Women
INTRODUCTION Japanese women have often been portrayed as submissive, subordinate, oppressed and passive. In the l9th and the early 20th centuries in the framework of "orientalism," Japanese women were treated as a homogeneous group, who were described...
The Construction of Technologically-Mediated Families
INTRODUCTION The professed purpose of most of the New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies (NRGTs) is to provide help for the infertile, that is, to facilitate family formation for a segment of the population that is depicted as otherwise incapable...
The Demographic Implications of West African Family Systems
The Demographic Implications of West African Family Systems* JOHN C. CALDWELL** West Africa has a distinctive family system, although resembling that of Middle Africa and more distantly those of East and Southern Africa. Its family system has implications...
The Gender Division of Labor and Family Change in Industrial Societies: A Theoretical Accounting
This paper explores the reasons for the plethora of well-known changes that characterize the family as a social institution in the closing decades of the twentieth century, changes sometimes labelled "a second demographic transition" (Lesthaeghe, 1992)...
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