International Journal of Sociology of the Family

Volume 30, Number 1 (Fall 2002)

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Table of Contents and Front Matter

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Expectations of Family Life in a Multicultural Context: An Israeli Example
Ruth Katz (Department of Human Services, Center for Research and Study of the Family, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Israel)
The study explores how young immigrants mold their perceptions of the family life they want to have and how they bridge their culture and history with that of their adoptive society. Two groups of recent immigrants in Israel-- from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and two non-immigrant resident groups-- Jewish and Arab, were interviewed. Respondents were given an identical master case stimulus: a short narrative vignette of a typical family setting at home. After reading it they were asked to describe how they expect their own future family to look. Four family domains emerged: (1) love and intimacy; (2) family and work; (3) parent/child relationships; and (4) divorce. The main conclusions were that a convergence process toward the veteran population family patterns occurred; the family of origin was often evaluated and sometimes criticized in relation to the newly acquired standards; and an overall trend toward compromise concerning gender equality was observable.[Int. J. Sociol. Fam. 30(1), 2002: 1-20]

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Acculturation of Soviet Immigrant Parents in Israel and Greece
Shmuel Shamai, Zinaida Ilatov, Anastasia Psalti and Kiki Deliyanni (University of Haifa, Israel and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
The present study explores the acculturation process of Soviet parents who immigrated to Greece and Israel in the 1990s. We compare the parenting styles in coping with host school systems in their respective countries, Israel and Greece. The study combines two different theoretical models: Ogbu's minority groups typology and a model of immigrants' parenting styles. Two samples of parents of elementary schoolchildren were selected, more than 100 from each country. The results point out differences and similarities between the samples. For each group primary and secondary profiles were constructed based on the results. Parents belonging to the primary Pontian Greeks' profile preferred their children to study in Greek and were not critical of the education system. They were involved in their children's education, but to a lesser extent than they had been in the USSR. The primary profile of Soviet Jews constituted parents who wanted their children to study in both languages. They were critical of a variety of aspects of the educational system. They were very much involved in their children's homework, more so than they had been in the USSR. They expected the school to be instrumental in future job training. [Int. J. Sociol. Fam. 30(1), 2002: 21-49]

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Schooling and Attitudes on Reproductive-Related Behavior in Ghana
Laurie F. DeRose, F. Nii-Amoo Dodoo, and Vrushali Patil (University of Maryland, USA)
We use focus groups of adolescents and young adults in urban Ghana to explore both fertility preferences and expectations about the ability to implement these preferences. The attitudes expressed in groups from a range of educational institutions do not support some common assumptions regarding pathways through which women's schooling affects fertility. Our results suggest that 1) the inverse relationship between schooling and fertility may not be as strong under conditions of crisis-led fertility transition as in the more common historical experience, and 2) women's schooling, on its own, is insufficient to change the balance of power in reproductive decision-making in this society. [Int. J. Sociol. Fam. 30(1), 2002: 50-65]

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An Analysis of Inmate Explanations for Lesbian Relationships in Prison
Craig J. Forsyth, Rhonda D. Evans, and D. Burk Foster (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA)
The current study utilizes data from interviews with female inmates at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). This paper analyzes the discourse of female inmates concerning homosexual relationships within prison. Theoretical explanations for understanding lesbian relationships within prison are discussed. Using a discourse perspective the data gathered from inmates are discussed within the context of recent theoretical developments and institutionalized homophobia. [Int. J. Sociol. Fam. 30(1), 2002: 66-77]

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Our Children's Future
Edited by Gordon Cleveland and Michael Krashinsky (University of Toronto Press, 2001, 416 pages)
Reviewed by Nancy Mandell (Sociology/Women's Studies, York University, Ontario Canada)

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Studying Children and Schools: Qualitative Research Traditions
by David F. Lancy (Waveland Press, 2001, 202 pages)
Reviewed by Peter Woods (The Open University, Milton Keynes, England)

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Abandoned Children
Edited by Catherine Panter-Brick and Malcolm T. Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2000, 230 pages)
Reviewed by Susan L. Bissell (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia)

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Who Cares? Women's Work, Childcare and Welfare State Redesign
by Jane Jenson and Mariette Sineau, with Franca Bimbi, Anne-Marie Daune-Richard, Vincent Della Sala, Rianne Mahon, Berengere Marques-Pereira, Olivier Paye, and George Ross (University of Toronto Press, 2002, 289 pages)
Reviewed by Ann Doris Duffy (Sociology, Brock University, Ontario, Canada)

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Social Integration in the Second Half of Life
Edited by Karl Pillemer, Phyllis Moen, Elaine Wethington, and Nina Glasgow (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 318 pages)
Reviewed by M. Jocelyn Armstrong (Community Health, University of Illinois, USA)

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Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History
by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai (St. Martin's Press, 2000, 355 Pages)
Reviewed by Annie George (Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of California, USA)

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