Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, Winter

A Case Study of Buraku and Non-Buraku Couples in Japan*
In a report to the United Nations in 1980, Japan claimed that no minority groups existed within its borders (Weiner, 1997). The Japanese perceive themselves as an ethnically homogeneous society (see lie, 2001). Despite the government's effort to portray...
African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity
McLoyd, Vonnie C, Nancy E. Hill, and Kenneth A. Dodge (Eds.). AFRICANAMERICAN FAMILYLIFE: ECOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY. New York: Guilford Press, 2005.African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity is composed of 15 articles that...
Behind the Eight Ball: Sex for Crack Cocaine Exchange and Poor Black Women
Sharpe, Tanya Telfair. BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL: SEX FOR CRACK COCAINE EXCHANGE AND POOR BLACK WOMEN. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, 2005. $24.95.Summer 1992, Tanya Telfair Sharpe first interviewed female users of heroin, cocaine powder and crack...
Being Together, Working Apart: Dual-Career Families and the Work-Life Balance
Schneider, Barbara and Linda J. Waite (Eds.). BEING TOGETHER, WORKINGAPART: DUAL-CAREER FAMILIESAND THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE. Cambridge University Press, 2005,553pp. ISBN: 0-521-84571-8.I am not a fan of edited books. Such volumes tend to reiterate what...
Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality among the Lahu of Southwest China
Du,Shanshan. CHOKTTICKS ONLY WORK IN PAIRS: GENDER UNITY AND GENDER EQUALITY AMONG THE LAHU OF SOUTHWEST CHINA. Columbia University Press, 2002. $26.00.Genuine gender equality has been the holy grail for feminist anthropologists. They have traveled throughout...
Detrimental Effects of Living with a Grandparent: Cross-National Evidence
Co-residing grandparents would generally be regarded as beneficial to modern families. Grandparents can help with the general running of the household - cooking, cleaning and child-minding - allowing younger adult members of the household to spend more...
Editor's Note
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Family Violence in a Cultural Perspective: Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse
Malley-Morrison, Kathleen and Denise Hines. FAMILY VIOLENCE IN A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: DEFINING, UNDERSTANDING, AND COMBATING ABUSE. Thousand Oaks, CA: S AGE, 2004.The consideration of context, especially cultural context, in family abuse is critically...
Household Decisions, Gender, and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research
Quisumbing, Agnes R. HOUSEHOLD DECISIONS, GENDER, AND DEVELOPMENT: A SYNTHESIS OF RECENT RESEARCH. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2003,274 pages.The purpose of this collection of short research reports is to integrate...
Informal Unions in Mexico and the United States
The dramatic rise in cohabitation in the United States and other Western industrial societies has raised substantial debate regarding the future of marriage and the well-being of children in non-legal unions or relationships (Batalova and Cohen, 2002)....
Marriage Type and Relative Spousal Power in Ghana: Changing Effects of Monogamy during Early Fertility Decline*
INTRODUCTIONIn societies where polygynous marriage is legal, monogamously married women could represent a more empowered subset of the female population as they are participating in a relatively modern social institution. Monogamy is also linked to other...
Mexican American Siblings Caring for Aging Parents: Processes of Caregiver Selection/Designation*
The future provision of care to older adults in the U.S. will be influenced by anticipated demographic changes including increasing life expectancies, declining birth rates among the general U.S. population (Alford-Cooper, 1993; Himes, 1994), and increases...
"New Fatherhood" in Practice: Domestic and Parental Work Performed by Men in France and in the Netherlands
In most European countries today, the division of labour between men and women shows a new aspect. The main difference lies in the increasing participation of women, including mothers, in paid work. In recent times, such work has been performed in accordance...
Predictors of Parent Involvement across Contexts in Asian American and European American Families
Why do some parents become involved in their children's education more than others? Over the past two decades, there has been extensive discussion of the important role of parent involvement in children's educational success. Parent involvement has been...
Pregnancy Intention and Father Involvement in Guatemala
INTRODUCTIONIt is well documented that fathers' absence or involvement can greatly impact the health and social well-being of their children (McLanahan and Carolson, 2002; Duncan and BrooksGunn, 1997; Lamb, 1997). Moreover, in recent years, greater expectations...
Psychological, Political and Cultural Meanings of Home
Hart, M. and M. Ben-Yoseph (Eds.). PSYCHOLOGICAL, POLITICALAND CULTURAL MEANINGS OF HOME. New York: Haworth Press, 2005.The analysis of "home" has received relatively less attention in the social sciences than in the arts where literature, painting and...
The Art of Marriage Maintenance
Karasu, Sylvia R. & T. ByramKarasu. THE ART OF MARRIAGE MAINTENANCE. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson, USA, 2005. $24.95. (Price from publisher and from Amazon, paperback)The title is at once attractive. The authors coin the term "MarriageSense" which they...
The Division of Household Labor in Taiwan
With the rapid economic development and the expanding demand for women's labor, female labor force participation rates in Taiwan climbed from 32.6% in 1966 to 46.1% in 2001 (Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, 2002). Consequently,...
Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence
Gustafson, Diana. L. (Ed.). UNBECOMING MOTHERS: THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION OF MATERNAL ABSENCE. The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2005. $39.95 (hardcover).Nearly 7 million U.S. children, about a third of all children with a nonresident parent, live apart...
When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration
George, Sheeba, M., WHEN WOMEN COME FIRST: GENDER AND CLASS IN TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION. University of California Press, 2005.This book is the outcome of a research project undertaken for her doctoral thesis. It deals with the experience of a group of...
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