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1st Edition

Families in a Global Context

ISBN 9780789027085
Published June 18, 2008 by Routledge
624 Pages

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Book Description

Learn what trends and factors are influencing families globally

How are families the same or different around the world? Families in a Global Context puts the similarities and differences into perspective, presenting an in-depth comparative analysis of family life in 17 countries around the world. Contributors discuss different countries' family life by using a standard framework to review major influences and patterns. The framework allows readers to do comparative reflection across several countries on a variety of daily living elements, including social and economic forces such as urbanization and modernization, changes in gender/courtship/spousal patterns, and war. This book provides an informative illustration of current as well as future trends of family life worldwide.

Each chapter in Families in a Global Context describes customary types of family patterns within each country’s social organization and culture. Important social, economic, political, and other trends are explored in detail, and major ethnic, religious, or other subcultures are noted emphasizing marriage and family patterns that differ from the more typical ones. The book is extensively referenced and includes tables to clearly present data.

Countries explored in Families in a Global Context include:

  • European countries of Wales, Sweden, Germany, Romania, and Italy
  • African countries of Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Kenya
  • Middle Eastern countries of Turkey and Iran
  • Asian and Oceanian countries of India, China, the Philippines, and Australia
  • Latin American countries of Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba
Topics discussed for each country in Families in a Global Context include:
  • demographics
  • mate selection patterns with an emphasis on the dynamics of couple formation
  • marital roles
  • the place and role of children and parenting in families
  • socialization for gender roles
  • differences in education, employment, and other opportunities
  • major stressors affecting families, coping, and adaptation
  • aging and life expectancy issues
  • and much more!
Families in a Global Context is an insightful resource for researchers, educators, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students investigating comparative family topics of family life around the world and in cultural context.

Table of Contents

Contributors. Hennon, Wilson, Families in Global Context: Understanding Diversity through Comparative Analysis. Europe: Family Life in Wales, Sweden, Germany, Romania, and Italy. Betts, Day, The Family in Wales: Change and Transformation. Trost, Diversity of Families in Sweden. Hildenbrand, Diversity in Families: Germany. Popescu, Roth, Stress and Coping Among Romanian Families in the Post-Communist Period. Palomba, Family, Italian-style. Africa: Family Life in Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Kenya. Spencer-Walters, Family Patterns in Sierra Leone. Ziehl, Families and Households in South Africa. Ngige, Ondigi, Wilson, Family Diversity in Kenya. Middle East: Family Life in Turkey and Iran. Cindoglu, Cemrek, Toktas, Zencirci, The Family in Turkey: The Battleground of the Modern and the Traditional. Aghajanian, Family and Family Change in Iran. Asia and Oceania: Family Life in India, China, The Philippines, and Australia. Deosthale, Hennon, Family and Tradition in Modern India. Wang,Chinese Family—Developments and Changes. Medina, The Family in the Philippines. de Vaus, Australian Families: Social and Demographic Patterns. Latin America: Family Life in Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba. Afonso, Brazilian Families in the Confrontation Between Hierarchy and Equality. Esteinou, Mexican Families: Sociocultural and Demographic Patterns. Estrada, Diaz Canals, Family, Marriage, and Households in Cuba. Emerging Trends. Wilson, Hennon, Emerging Trends for Family Scholarship Across Societies. References. Index.

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