Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, Summer

Asphalt Justice: A Critique of the Criminal Justice System in America
Cook, John Raymond. ASPHALT JUSTICE: A CRITIQUE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA. Praeger: Westport, Connecticut, 2001, hardcover, 211 pages. ISBN0-275-96827Cook is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He...
Changing Courses: The Pendulum of Family Transitions in Comparative Perspective
INTRODUCTIONStriking transformations are taking place in the family lives of young adults in Western, industrialized societies. Relative to their parents' generation, today's young people often experience less permanency and more movement in and out...
Correlates of Spousal Communication on Fertility and Family Planning among the Yoruba of Nigeria
INTRODUCTIONSeveral studies have tried to examine the reasons for the sustained high fertility among various ethnic groups in Sub-Saharan Africa (van de Walle and Foster, 1990; Kritz and Gurak, 1991; Isiugo-Abanihe, 1994a; Makinwa-Adebusoye and Feyisetan,...
Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity
Umberson, Debra. DEATH OF A PARENT: TRANSITION TO A NEW ADULT IDENTITY. Cambridge University Press, 2003, hardcover, 255 pages. ISBN#0-521-81338-7I remember when my mother-in-law called us one night to tell us that my husband's father had suffered a...
Exploring Relationship Functioning in Premarital Caucasian and Latino/a Couples: Recognizing and Valuing Cultural Differences*
Recent divorce trends show that 43 percent of first marriages end in separation or divorce (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002). Furthermore, second marriages fail at a rate of about 60 percent (Gottman, 1994). Based on these figures, it...
Intergenerational Transmission of Motherhood Patterns: Three Generations of Immigrant Mothers of Moroccan Descent in Israel
Patterns of gender role division and child rearing are determined by the belief system, values and conditions that characterize a given culture (Harkness, Super & van Tijen, 2000). In traditional societies it is one of the main intergenerational...
Living Together or Communicating at a Distance: Structural and Associational Solidarity between Mid-Life Parent and Adult Child in New Zealand*
Family theorists in the early to mid- twentieth century argued that as a result of industrialisation, occupational specialisation and urbanisation, the family was being depleted of its functions, devolving them in part to other institutions (Parsons...
Maasai Marriage: A Comparative Study of Kenya and Tanzania*
INTRODUCTIONChanges in marriage are a "ready barometer" (Goodkind, 1996:718) of change in society. Comparative analyses reveal rising age at first marriage for both men and women (Westoff et al, 1994) and a relative decline in the prevalence of de jure...
Making Adult Stepfamilies Work: Strategies for the Whole Family When a Parent Marries Later in Life
Gabe, Grace and Jean Lipman-Blumen, MAKING ADULT STEPFAMILIES WORK: STRATEGIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WHEN A PARENT MARRIES LATER IN LIFE. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2005, soft cover, 336 pages. $14.95 US/$21.95 CANThere is relatively little guidance...
Marriage among African American Women: A Gender Perspective
Analyses of single-mother families stood at the center of Black family scholarship during the twentieth century, with social scientists and policymakers alike theorizing the causes of such families, debating their ability to adequately perform family...
Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece
Dillon, John M. MORALITY AND CUSTOM IN ANCIENT GREECE. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004. $29.22.Scholarship focusing on issues of morality and custom in ancient Greece traditionally has revolved around the viewpoints of society's...
Parent-Youth Relations: Cultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Peterson, G.W., Steinmetz, S.K., and Wilson, S.M. (Eds.). PARENT-YOUTH RELATIONS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, Inc. 2005, soft cover $79.95; hardcover $109.95.This timely collection of provocative...
Premarital Characteristics, Selection into Marriage, and African American Marital Disruption*
INTRODUCTIONResearch on marital stability among African Americans has a long history, dating back to the time of DuBois (1899). Ruggles (1997) documents that the marital disruption rates of African Americans have been substantially higher than Whites'...
Sexual Revolutions: Gender and Labor at the Dawn of Agriculture
Peterson, Jane. SEXUAL REVOLUTIONS: GENDER AND LABOR AT THE DAWN OF AGRICULTURE, Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2002, Cloth 0-7591-0256-2 $75.00; Paper 0-7591 -0257-0 $29.95.Drawing on a feminist orientation, Jane Peterson has organized data on the...
Survival of the African American Family: The Institutional Impact of U.S. Social Policy
Jewell, K. Sue. SURVIVAL OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY: THE INSTITUTIONAL IMPACT OF U.S. SOCIAL POLICY. Westport: Praeger, 2003. 303 pages.Jewell makes an interesting effort to provide a relatively nonpartisan assessment of the effects of public policy...
The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey
LEEDER, Elaine. THE FAMILY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: A GENDERED JOURNEY. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004. 305pages, soft cover $43.95.Introductory family textbooks often seem to have been written with the goal of being as much as possible like most other...
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