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Global Families

Global Families

Second Edition

288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The globalization of politics, economics, culture, and other social systems are creating challenges and opportunities for families throughout the world. Yet, sociologists and other scholars who study families are often unfamiliar with the theories and research on globalization.

Global Families provides family scholars with a methodical introduction to the interdisciplinary field of globalization. It then examines the ways in which globalization impinges on families throughout the world in four major areas: demographic transitions, world-wide culture, international violence, and transnational employment. It concludes with a discussion of supra-national policies and other efforts to position families in this global landscape.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Families in Global Context
A More Global Milieu
Family: From Comparative to Global Perspectives
Globalization as an Analytical Framework
Family Theories around Globalization
Global Families: Plan of the Book
Essay: Globalization and Family Down Under
Chapter 2: Global Change and Demographic Shifts: Family Characteristics and Societal Transformation
Demographic Transition and Family Dynamics
Morbidity and Mortality
Declining Fertility
Sweeping Migration
Essay: Immigrant Women, New Neighbors, Global Families
Chapter 3: Families and Worldwide Culture Systems: Media, Technology, and Consumption
Global Media in an Era of Information Revolution
Global Consumption and Families
Cultural Globalization and Families
Essay: Contested Norms and Values in Transnational Families
Chapter 4: International Violence: Family Legacies of Oppression and War
International Systems of Oppression
War and Social Disorder
Family Resiliency in the Face of International Violence
Essay: Sex Trafficking: A ?Family Business?
Chapter 5: Transnational Employment: Work?Family Linkages Across Borders
Transnational Employment
Implications of Transnational Employment for Family Dynamics
Care Work
Essay: A Migrant Mother?s Story: Paula Rodriguez
Chapter 6: Positioning Families in Global Landscapes: Families, Policies, and Futures
Beyond the Second Decade of the Year of the Family
Again, Gendered Family Realities
Social Policy, Development, and Family Well-Being
Family Rights as Human Rights
Conclusions: A Post-Family Global Society?
Essay: The Global Human Rights of Families

This books provides an interesting, provocative and engaging series of chapters that provide topics that are essential reading for the module 'Global Families' on a Family and Community degree course.

Dr Michael Richards
Applied Health and Social Care , Edge Hill University
May 17, 2016

Interesting book and useful when discussing cultural differences within families

Miss Johanne Child
early years, Wakefield College
May 7, 2015

This is a book that will be recommended. I like the structure of the chapters that include critical thinking questions. The module is called 'Global Families' and this would be an excellent concise starting point to base further reading about the topics.

Pat Hosgood
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill Univ.
July 3, 2014

This book will be recommended to learners who may wish to research changing communities and diverse cultural roles within families settling and adapting to western society. The book examines globalisation and the challenges this will have on families. To develop traditional studies of family structure, social inequality this book investigates how globalisation affects employment, family studies and government policies.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
June 1, 2014

Yes, we are using this for our new module Connected Lives, it has provided a good insight into the global character of family life

Dr Gaynor Bagnall
English, Sociology, Politics & History, Salford University
March 21, 2014

A recommended text for students studying international and community perspectives with overseas placements

Mrs Cyndy Hawkins
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
November 28, 2013

Chapter 3 will be an interesting read for year 1 students when we look at international perspectives

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
October 31, 2013

This is a fantastic book that provides students with a global context of families and includes information about wide ranging current issues that is essential in developing their knowledge base.

Ms Andrea Collins
Faculty of Education, University of St Mark & St John
June 18, 2013

A thorough colourful detailed examination of childhood and families across the world in the 21st century. Very readable style and the end of chapter questions are useful discussion starters.

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
January 23, 2013

Not educationally related enough for the module it was intended for.

Mrs Jennifer Marshall
School of Education, Derby University
November 16, 2012

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Mary Margaret (Meg) Wilkes Karraker

Meg Wilkes Karraker, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology, Family Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She teaches courses on families, gender, and sociological theory. Her research focuses on the impact of social structure on life chances in communities, including religious and civil networks around migration and family values and family business virtues. She is the author (with Janet R. Grochowski) of Families with Futures: A Survey of Family Studies for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2nd edition forthcoming 2012). Karraker is immediate Past-president of Alpha Kappa Delta, the... More About Author

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