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The globalization of politics, economics, culture, and other social systems are creating challenges and opportunities for families throughout the world. Yet, those who study families are often unfamiliar with the theories and research on globalization. Global Families provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of globalization, andthen examines the ways in which globalization impinges on families throughout the world in four major areas: demographic transitions, transnational employment, international violence, and world-wide culture. The book concludes with a discussion of supra-national policies and other efforts to position families in this global landscape.
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Meg Wilkes Karraker, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Director of Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA where she teaches courses in sociology on families, as well as adolescence, global gender, sociological theory, and social problems (in Italy). Her scholarly interests focus on the impact of social structure on life chances and opportunities, including the quality of life for adolescent girls, single mothers, and, most recently, Irish families. She is the author (with Janet R. Grochowski) of Families with Futures: A Survey of Family Studies for the Twenty-First Century (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006). Karraker is also President-elect of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.
Volume II in the Series, Families in the 21st Century
Susan J. Ferguson, General Editor
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Back Cover Photograph: © Roger Rich/University of St. Thomas
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Chapter 1: Introduction: Global Families
Family, Change, and Global Context
From Comparative to Global Perspectives on Families
Globalization as an Analytical Framework
The “Globalization Debate”
Risk in a Global Postmodern World
Globalization through a Feminist Lens
Global Families: Plan of the Book
Essay: Globalization and Family Down Under By Janet R. Grochowski, Ph.D.
Chapter 2: Global Change and Demographic Shifts: Family Characteristics and Societal Transformation
Demographic Transition and Family Dynamics
Morbidity and Mortality
Population Control as an International Policy Concern
Fertility in a Postmodern World
Gender and Migration
Immigration and Assimilation
Essay: Immigrant Women, New Neighbors, Global Families By Margaret L. Kvasnicka, CSJ
Chapter 3: Transnational Employment: Work–Family Linkages Across Borders
Domestic Employment in Global Context
Implications of Transnational Employment for Family Dynamics
Global Care Chains
Essay: A Migrant Mother’s Story: Paula Rodriguez By Joanna Dreby
Chapter 4: International Violence: Family Legacies of Oppression and War International Systems of Oppression
Colonialism and Families
War and Social Disorder
Sexual Domination Exploitation
The Marriage Squeeze
Family Resiliency in the Face of International Violence
Essay: Sex Trafficking: A “Family Business” By Jennifer Blank, M.A.
Chapter 5: Families and Worldwide Culture Systems: Globalized Media and Consumption
Global Media in an Era of Information Revolution
Global Consumption and Families
Cultural Globalization and Families
Globalization and Gender
Globalization and Family Values
Children as Intercultural Mediators
Essay: By Awa Abdi, Ph.D.
Chapter 6: Conclusion: Positioning Families in Global Landscapes
Beyond the Second Decade of the Year of the Family
Global Socio-economic Disparities and Family Well-Being
Human Rights and Family Rights
Conclusions: A Post-Family Global Society?
Essay: By Marsha Freeman, Ph.D.