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Families Across Cultures

Families Across Cultures
A 30-Nation Psychological Study

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James Georgas, John W. Berry, Ype H. Poortinga, Çigdem Kagitçibasi, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Kostas Mylonas, Vassilis Pavlopoulos, Mustafa M. Achoui, Adebowale Akande, Bolanle Adetoun, Johnsto Osagie, Claudio V. Torres, Maria Auxiliadora Dessen, Velislava Marinova-Schmidt, Elena Krasteva, Kyunghwa Kwak, Francisco Donoso-Maluf, Peter W.H. Lee, Sunita Stewart, Neophytos Charalambous, Gérard Pithon, Olivier Prévôt, Nana Sumbadze, Heidi Keller, Benjamin Amponsah, Charity Akotia, Akinsola Olowu, Katerini Gari, Artemis Giotsa, Penny Panagiotopoulou, Janak Pandey, Bernadette N. Setiadi, Shahrenaz Mortazavi, Yukiko Muramoto, Rolando Diaz-Loving, Tuya Buyantsogt, Peter Cuyvers, Yuwanna Jenny Mivanyi, Riffat Moazam Zaman, Taymiya Riffat Zaman, Hector Grad, Maggie Tserere, Uichol Kim, Young-Shin Park, Bilge Ataca, Irina Zhuravliova-Gionis, Robin Goodwin, Sophia Christakopoulou, Vicky Panagiotidou, Lia Softas-Nall, Denis G. Sukhodolsky
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  • Date Published: August 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521822978

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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.

    • Examines the relationships between psychological variables and family variables
    • Contains 30 'family portraits' of countries by indigenous authors including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
    • Will appeal to students and researchers in cultural and cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, sociology and social and cultural anthropology
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    Awards

    • Winner of the International Division of the APA Gielen Award 2008

    Reviews & endorsements

    '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 …' Journal of the Canadian Academy

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    • Date Published: August 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521822978
    • length: 580 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 1 map 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Families and family change James Georgas
    2. Cross-cultural theory and methodology John W. Berry and Ype H. Poortinga
    3. Theoretical perspectives on family change Çigdem Kagitçibasi
    4. Family portraits from 30 countries: an overview Ype H. Poortinga and James Georgas
    5. Hypotheses John W. Berry, Çigdem Kagitçibasi, James Georgas, Ype H. Poortinga and Fons J. R. van de Vijver
    6. Methodology of the study James Georgas, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, John W. Berry, Çigdem Kagitçibasi and Ype H. Poortinga
    7. Results: cross-cultural analyses of family Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Kostas Mylonas, Vassilis Pavlopoulos and James Georgas
    8. Synthesis: how similar and different are families across cultures? James Georgas, John W. Berry, Çigdem Kagitçibasi, Ype H. Poortinga and Fons J. R. van de Vijver
    Part II. The Family Portraits: Ethnographic Descriptions of 30 Nations: Algeria Mustafa M. Achoui
    Botswana Adebowale Akande, Bolanle Adetoun and Johnston Osagie
    Brazil Claudio V. Torres and Maria Auxiliadora Dessen
    Bulgaria Velislava Marinova-Schmidt and Elena Krasteva
    Canada Kyunghwa Kwak and John W. Berry
    Chile Francisco Donoso-Maluf
    China Peter W. H. Lee and Sunita Stewart
    Cyprus Neophytos Charalambous
    France Gérard Pithon and Olivier Prévôt
    Georgia Nana Sumbadze
    Germany Heidi Keller
    Ghana Benjamin Amponsah, Charity Akotia and Akinsola Olowu
    Greece Kostas Mylonas, Katerini Gari, Artemis Giotsa, Vassilis Pavlopoulos and Penny Panagiotopoulou
    India Janak Pandey
    Indonesia Bernadette N. Setiadi
    Iran Shahrenaz Mortazavi
    Japan Yukiko Muramoto
    Mexico Rolando Diaz-Loving
    Mongolia Tuya Buyantsogt
    Netherlands Peter Cuyvers
    Nigeria Yuwanna Jenny Mivanyi
    Pakistan Riffat Moazam Zaman, Taymiya Riffat Zaman and Sunita Stewart
    Saudi Arabia Mustafa M. Achoui
    Spain Hector Grad
    South Africa Adebowale Akande, Bolanle Adetoun and Maggie Tserere
    South Korea Uichol Kim and Young-Shin Park
    Turkey Bilge Ataca
    Ukraine Irina Zhuravliova-Gionis
    United Kingdom Robin Goodwin, Sophia Christakopoulou and Vicky Panagiotidou
    United States Lia Softas-Nall and Denis G. Sukhodolsky.

  • Editors

    James Georgas, University of Athens, Greece
    James Georgas is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Athens.

    John W. Berry, Queen's University, Ontario
    John W. Berry is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Queen's University, Canada.

    Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Katholieke Universiteit Brabant, The Netherlands
    Fons van de Vijver is Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University and North-West University, South Africa.

    Çigdem Kagitçibasi, Koç University, Istanbul
    Cigdem Kagitcibasi is Professor of Psychology at Koç University, Istanbul.

    Ype H. Poortinga, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Ype H. Poortinga is Emeritus Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University and the University of Leuven.

    Contributors

    James Georgas, John W. Berry, Ype H. Poortinga, Çigdem Kagitçibasi, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Kostas Mylonas, Vassilis Pavlopoulos, Mustafa M. Achoui, Adebowale Akande, Bolanle Adetoun, Johnsto Osagie, Claudio V. Torres, Maria Auxiliadora Dessen, Velislava Marinova-Schmidt, Elena Krasteva, Kyunghwa Kwak, Francisco Donoso-Maluf, Peter W.H. Lee, Sunita Stewart, Neophytos Charalambous, Gérard Pithon, Olivier Prévôt, Nana Sumbadze, Heidi Keller, Benjamin Amponsah, Charity Akotia, Akinsola Olowu, Katerini Gari, Artemis Giotsa, Penny Panagiotopoulou, Janak Pandey, Bernadette N. Setiadi, Shahrenaz Mortazavi, Yukiko Muramoto, Rolando Diaz-Loving, Tuya Buyantsogt, Peter Cuyvers, Yuwanna Jenny Mivanyi, Riffat Moazam Zaman, Taymiya Riffat Zaman, Hector Grad, Maggie Tserere, Uichol Kim, Young-Shin Park, Bilge Ataca, Irina Zhuravliova-Gionis, Robin Goodwin, Sophia Christakopoulou, Vicky Panagiotidou, Lia Softas-Nall, Denis G. Sukhodolsky

    Awards

    • Winner of the International Division of the APA Gielen Award 2008

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