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Families Across Cultures
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Contemporary trends such as increased one-parent families, high divorce rates, second marriages and homosexual partnerships have all contributed to variations in the traditional family structure. But to what degree has the function of the family changed and how have these changes affected family roles in cultures throughout the world? This book attempts to answer these questions through a psychological study of families in thirty nations, carefully selected to present a diverse cultural mix. The study utilises both cross-cultural and indigenous perspectives to analyse variables including family networks, family roles, emotional bonds, personality traits, self-construal, and 'family portraits' in which the authors address common core themes of the family as they apply to their native countries. From the introductory history of the study of the family to the concluding indigenous psychological analysis of the family, this book is a source for students and researchers in psychology, sociology and anthropology.


'Led by an editorial team of five exceptionally experienced cross-cultural psychologists, this important book will be immensely beneficial to many social and behavioral scientists. It contributes to an understanding of the nature, meaning and function of the human family unit in varied and even emerging forms across the globe. The volume is wonderfully enhanced by contributions from accomplished psychologists in carefully selected countries. The editors have worked together on a number of research and writing projects, some of them covering more than three decades, which only adds to the credibility of this exciting contribution to the literature.'

Walter J. Lonner - Western Washington University

'This is a fascinating book which brings together a scholarly consideration of some of the theoretical challenges for understanding families across the world and the concept of 'the family', as well as being an impressive collection of empirical data which demonstrates similarities and differences across different cultures. The book's comprehensive and analytical treatment of this complex topic reflects the editors' experience and authority in the field, and their sensitivity and insight in relation to the field of cross-cultural psychology. This will be an essential resource for developmental and social scientists as cross-cultural issues attain an increasing salience in our understanding of the family.'

Professor Ingrid Lunt - Oxford University

' … extraordinary book …'

Source: Journal of the Canadian Academy

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