Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer

A Reformulation of the Polygyny-Fertility Hypothesis
INTRODUCTION Although the proportion of women in polygynous marriages has generally declined, over the last few years the effect of polygyny on fertility has drawn an extensive amount of research (Ahmed, 1986; Bean and Mineau, 1986; Bhatia, 1985; Borgerhoff...
Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States
SHAKIR, Evelyn, BINT ARAB: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997, 248 pp., $59.95 hardcover. ROGAIA MUSTAFA ABUSHARAF The migration of Arab women has received little attention in discourses of population...
Changes in Living Arrangement and Familial Support for the Elderly in Taiwan: 1963-1991
Sociologists have long been interested in the study of the interrelationship between economic development and family structure, size and values (e.g., Goode, 1963; Parsons, 1943; Thornton & Fricke, 1987). The phenomenal advancement of the Taiwanese...
Cross-National Marriage in Sweden: Immigration and Assimilation 1971-1993
INTRODUCTION Sweden is often thought of as a country with relatively little diversity in terms of ethnicity, religion and even social class. In Sweden today, however, with over 12% of the population foreign born or the children of immigrants, the emphasis...
Matrimonial Behaviour in Canada and Ukraine: The Enduring Hold of Culture
INTRODUCTION In an important article, published over three decades ago, John Hajnal (1965) established the existence of an East-West marriage pattern divide in Europe. Late, marriage and the high proportion of never-marrying have been historically prevalent...
Men's Orientation toward Marriage and Family Roles
Given the visibility of the change in women's roles, especially in terms of labour force participation, many studies of gender-roles orientation focus exclusively on women, or on how women and men differ. Less attention is paid to the diversity among...
Racial/ethnic Differences in High School Students' Academic Performance: Understanding the Interweave of Social Class and Ethnicity in the Family Context
Differences in educational achievement across various ethnic and racial groups in the United States have been shown to be apparent in the early years of elementary school and to exist throughout the later years of secondary schooling (Stevenson et al.,...
Religion and Social System of the Virasaiva Community
CHEKKI, Dan A., RELIGION AND SOCIAL SYSTEM OF THE VIRASAIVA COMMUNITY. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997, 149 pp., $55.00 hardcover. Though Hinduism is the main religion of India, there are diversities (despite unity) in it and hence, differences in...
Structural Assimilation and Ethnic Fertility in Ghana
INTRODUCTION This paper examines the relationship between structural assimilation and ethnic fertility differences in Ghana to determine the relative importance of socioeconomic and ethnic\cultural factors on possible convergence in reproduction among...
The Precious Few: Women's Agency, Household Progressions and Fertility in Rajasthan Village
INTRODUCTION The issue of supposed male authority and its counterpart, the `structural mutedness' of women (Ardener, 1975) draws largely from the naturalness of the link between the dominated status of women and their role of mothering. Largely because...
The Transition to Motherhood of Korean Women
Since 1980, in the United States, there has been an increase in research on the transition to parenthood that focuses on the impact the birth of a child has on his/her parents (Smith, 1991; Smith, 1994). This research primarily has dealt with individual...
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