This title was first published in 2001: Using detailed international research, this volume explores the background, current position and key features of minority communities living within multi cultural societies. Focusing particularly upon family life, the contributors investigate minorities ranging from the Old Order Mennonites and Cree and Ojibway Aboriginals in Canada, to conservative Christians in the USA, Afrikaners in South Africa and Pakistanis in the UK. The chapters demonstrate that while each of these communities is distinctive in terms of history, culture, religion and family behaviour, they all share an ability to retain and nourish their separate identity. The book thus provides fascinating insights into the lives of minority families and draws important conclusions surrounding the ways in which they keep themselves separate from, while still participating in, society as a whole.
'…a useful guide into the very heart of the minority group…the book does more than fill a gap in scholarship; it links this subject to contemporary discourse.' Journal of International Migration and Integration 'The book makes for an interesting, colourful and stimulating read. It brings together the various academic approaches to family life in an easy-to-read form that will suit anyone interested in the application of family theory or in minority cultures generally.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Contents: The old order Mennonites: application of family life cycle stages, John E. Peters;
South Asian Muslims in Britain: faith, family and community, Fatima Husain and Margaret O'Brien;
That they be keepers of the home: the effect of conservative religion on early and late transitions into housewifery, Darren E. Sherkat;
Class culture and household structure - a view from South Africa, Susan C. Ziehl;
Cultural adaptation and change: aboriginal peoples in Manitoba maintain their differences, Rachel Lawrenchuk and Carol D.H. Harvey; Conclusion, Carol D.H. Harvey;
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