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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

Cover Photograph: © 2007

Back Cover Photograph: © Roger Rich/University of St. Thomas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205503230
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker is professor and chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice and director of Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her interests in the impacts of globalization on families are rooted in her own life experience, growing up in a military family and spending the majority of her childhood and adolescence in Germany with travels through Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition to research and teaching interests in family sociology, she has long-standing interests in the impacts of social structure on quality of life. A recent recipient of her University’s Aquinas Scholars Honors Program Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Karraker is President-elect of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society. With Janet R. Grochowski, she is the co-author of Families with Futures: A Survey of Family Studies for the Twenty-First Century (Lawrence A. Ehrlbaum, 2006).

The "Families in the 21st Century" Series Editor is Susan Ferguson, Associate Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College. Her own research interests include the never-married and women's health issues. She is the author of Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families, 3/e (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Global Families

Family, Change, and Global Context

From Comparative to Global Perspectives on Families

Globalization as an Analytical Framework

Globalization Defined

The “Globalization Debate”

Globalization Theory

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

Declining Fertility

Population Control as an International Policy Concern

Fertility in a Postmodern World

Sweeping Migration

Gender and Migration

Marriage Migrants

Transnational Adoption

Immigration and Assimilation


Essay: Immigrant Women, New Neighbors, Global Families By Margaret L. Kvasnicka, CSJ

Chapter 3: Transnational Employment: Work–Family Linkages Across Borders

Transnational Employment

Domestic Employment in Global Context

Implications of Transnational Employment for Family Dynamics

Care Work

Global Care Chains

Transnational Parenting


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

Sex Trafficking

War and Social Disorder

Sexual Domination Exploitation

The Marriage Squeeze

Heterogamous Marriages

Marital Instability

Family Resiliency in the Face of International Violence

Refugee Families


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.

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