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2nd Edition

Families in Asia
Home and Kin

ISBN 9780415455701
Published September 15, 2008 by Routledge
232 Pages - 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Families in Asia provides a unique sociological analysis of family trends in Asia.

Stella R. Quah uses demographic and survey data, personal interviews and case studies from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to provide a wide-ranging comparative analysis of family trends and the role of the state and social policy.

Focusing on the most relevant and significant aspects of family and kin, chapters include:

Concepts and research trends

Family forming



Gender roles in families

Marriage breakdown

The impact of Socio-economic development

This new edition has been updated and expanded throughout and includes new material on dowry, singlehood, adoption, the transformation of the senior generation, changes in family courts and the role of the state in family wellbeing.

Families in Asia will be the perfect companion for students and scholars alike who are interested in family sociology, public and social policy, and Asian society and culture more broadly.


Table of Contents

1. Studying Families in Asia  2. "I do," "We do": Forming and Extending Families  3. Parenthood under siege?  4. Age, Grandparents, and Social Capital  5. From "His family, her duty" to "Their Family": The Gender Issue  6. Conflict, Divorce and the Family Court  7. Home, Kin, and the State in Social Change

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Stella R. Quah, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

She has published on family sociology, public policy and medical sociology. Her books on family sociology include Home and Kin- Families in Asia (Marshall Cavendish, 2003, 1st Edition), Family in Singapore- Sociological Perspectives (Times Academic Press, 1994, 1st Ed; 1998, 2nd Ed); and The Family as an Asset. An International Perspective on Marriage, Parenthood and Social Policy (Times Academic Press, 1991).

Among her most recent publications are Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics (Stanford University APARC, 2007, Editor and contributor) and International Encyclopedia of Public Health (Elsevier, 2008, K. Heggenhougen and S.R. Quah, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor-in-Chief, respectively).


Praise for the first edition published by Marshall Cavendish 2003:

'The work is clearly grounded in history, theory and methodology. Whenever I read a book such as this one, I am always envious that I have not written it myself and I respect the authors who do.' - Marcie Parker, PhD (CFLE Healthcare Consultant) and R. Edward Bergmark, President and CEO in Managed Care, Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA, in Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Volume 36, 2 (Spring), 2005, p.347.