Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring

Conceiving Family Relationships in Post-War Lebanon
INTRODUCTION: WARAND CONCEIVINGFAMlLY RELATIONSHIPSHow family relationships are conceived, both materially and discursively, in the aftermath of war is critical for understanding the processes of construction and reconstruction of the "social" in times...
Dismantling the Iraqi Social Fabric: From Dictatorship through Sanctions to Occupation
Women and children, though by and large a politically and economically marginalized group hardly responsible for the power politics that typically lead to war and sanctions, are often the ones hardest hit by the traumas of such events. For women these...
Family Change in Lebanon's Biqa Valley: What Were the Results of the Civil War?
INTRODUCTIONLebanon experienced a traumatic civil war from 1976 to 1989. People lived in fear, hiding out in basements and enduring bombardment and sniper fire. Families were displaced, or lost members to death or emigration. Both psychological and physical...
Family in War and Conflict: Using Social Capital for Survival in War Torn Cyprus*
INTRODUCTIONThe original hypothesis behind this research was that in times of civil war, government services, such as education, health and welfare, become unavailable. It is then that the family emerges as the leading, often the sole, support organization,...
Have Palestinian Children Forfeited Their Rights?
I am the Palestinian David child wielding a single stoneAgainst the Israeli Goliath.I am not afraid,For truth is with me and God is on my side.IfI die,A choir of angels will honor meAnd later, my parents will grasp my outstretched handAnd join me in...
Introduction
In this volume, we examine patterns of family life in the Middle East today against the background of rapid and unpredictable social, political, and cultural change. It is a cliche to describe the Middle East as turbulent, if not volatile or explosive,...
Mental Health and Violence/Trauma in Palestine: Implications for Helping Professional Practice*
INTRODUCTIONA growing literature examines the effects of trauma related to the Intifada, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children (Qouta et al, 2001,1997; Punamaki et al., 2001; Thabet and Vostanis, 1999b), and how to work with Palestinian...
Migration as a Method of Coping with Turbulence among Palestinians*
INTRODUCTIONMigration is one way individuals and families cope with economic uncertainty and political turbulence. Migrations in search of stability may be embarked upon with the intention to resettle temporarily or permanently, and these intentions...
Nuptiality Transition and Marriage Squeeze in Lebanon: Consequences of Sixteen Years of Civil War*
INTRODUCTIONLebanon began its transition to low fertility earlier than most Middle Eastern countries, and yet little is known about the processes of demographic change in the country. This is because the last census was held in 1932 under the French...
Patriarchy in Transition: Women and the Changing Family in the Middle East
INTRODUCTIONThe "Middle Eastern Muslim family" has long been described as a patriarchal unit, and it has been noted that Muslim family laws have served to reinforce patriarchal gender relations and women's subordinate position within the family. The...
The Family during Crisis in Afghanistan
INTRODUCTIONSome say the family institution in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating. Others say the family remains the rampart on which the survival of its people rests. Surely these radically divergent views about what all agree is the most influential...
Women's Socioeconomic Characteristics and Marital Patterns in a Rapidly Developing Muslim Society, Kuwait*
INTRODUCTIONAND OBJECTIVESChanges in marital composition and patterns are important elements of the social, economic, and cultural transformations in a society. Behaviors relating to how soon people marry, whom they marry, and how many spouses they marry,...
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