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Global Families

Author: Meg Wilkes Karraker

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Political Science

Page: 271

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In Global Families, author Meg Karraker provides family scholars with a methodical introduction to the interdisciplinary field of globalization. Global Families 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. The book concludes with a discussion of supra-national policies and other efforts to position families in this global landscape.

Global Families

A History of Asian International Adoption in America

Author: Catherine Ceniza Choy

Publisher: NYU Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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In the last fifty years, transnational adoption—specifically, the adoption of Asian children—has exploded in popularity as an alternative path to family making. Despite the cultural acceptance of this practice, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the factors that allowed Asian international adoption to flourish. In Global Families, Catherine Ceniza Choy unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States. Beginning with the post-World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia, she reveals how mixed-race children born of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese women and U.S. servicemen comprised one of the earliest groups of adoptive children. Based on extensive archival research, Global Families moves beyond one-dimensional portrayals of Asian international adoption as either a progressive form of U.S. multiculturalism or as an exploitative form of cultural and economic imperialism. Rather, Choy acknowledges the complexity of the phenomenon, illuminating both its radical possibilities of a world united across national, cultural, and racial divides through family formation and its strong potential for reinforcing the very racial and cultural hierarchies it sought to challenge.

Our Global Families

Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World

Author: Todd M. Johnson

Publisher: Baker Academic


Category: Religion

Page: 240

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As Christians, we belong to not only a diverse global Christian family but also a diverse human family. Todd Johnson, a noted expert on global Christianity and world missions trends, and Cindy Wu show how divisions within these families work against our desire to bring about positive change in the world. They provide an overview of global Christian identity, exploring how we can be faithful to our own tradition while engaging Christians across denominations and be better informed as we work with people of other religions. The book utilizes the latest research data on global Christianity and world religions and includes tables, graphs, charts, and end-of-chapter discussion questions.

Global Families, Inequality and Transnational Adoption

The De-Kinning of First Mothers

Author: Riitta Högbacka

Publisher: Springer


Category: Social Science

Page: 282

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This book looks at the simultaneous processes of making and un-making of families that are part of the adoption practice. Whereas most studies on transnational adoption concentrate on the adoptive family, the author identifies not only the happy occasion when a family gains a child, but also the sorrow and loss of the child to its family of origin. Situating transnational adoption in the context of the Global North-South divide, Hogbacka investigates the devastating effects of unequal life chances and asymmetrical power relations on the adoption process and on the mothers whose children are adopted. Based on unique primary material gathered in in-depth interviews with South African families of origin and Finnish adoptive families, the book investigates the decision-making processes of both sets of parents and the encounters between them. The first mothers' narratives are juxtaposed with those of the adopters and of the adoption social workers who act on the principles of the wider adoption system. Concluding with a critique of the Global Northism that exemplifies current practices, Hogbacka sketches the contours of a more just approach to transnational adoption that would shatter rather than perpetuate inequality. The book can also be read as an expose of the consequences of current inequalities for poor families. Global Families, Inequality and Transnational Adoption will be of interest to students and scholars of adoption studies, family and kinship, sociology, anthropology, social work and development.

Families in Global and Multicultural Perspective

Author: Bron B Ingoldsby

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 457

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The Second Edition of Families in Global and Multicultural Perspective travels across geographic, cultural, and historical boundaries to explore the diversity of the world’s families—in family structure, processes, history, and social and environmental contexts. Editors Bron B. Ingoldsby and Suzanna D. Smith examine a full range of topics including family origin and universality, family functions, marital structure, kinship rules, comparative research methods, family development, marriage adjustment, parenting, divorce, and aging. This comprehensive text increases students’ recognition of and respect for cultural diversity as it influences family life.

Material World

A Global Family Portrait

Author: Peter Menzel

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Photography

Page: 255

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Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle

Raising Global Families

Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

Author: Pei-Chia Lan

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Public discourse on Asian parenting tends to fixate on ethnic culture as a static value set, disguising the fluidity and diversity of Chinese parenting. Such stereotypes also fail to account for the challenges of raising children in a rapidly modernizing world, full of globalizing values. In Raising Global Families, Pei-Chia Lan examines how ethnic Chinese parents in Taiwan and the United States negotiate cultural differences and class inequality to raise children in the contexts of globalization and immigration. She draws on a uniquely comparative, multisited research model with four groups of parents: middle-class and working-class parents in Taiwan, and middle-class and working-class Chinese immigrants in the Boston area. Despite sharing a similar ethnic cultural background, these parents develop class-specific, context-sensitive strategies for arranging their children's education, care, and discipline, and for coping with uncertainties provoked by their changing surroundings. Lan's cross-Pacific comparison demonstrates that class inequality permeates the fabric of family life, even as it takes shape in different ways across national contexts.

The Global Family Planning Revolution

Three Decades of Population Policies and Programs

Author: Warren C. Robinson

Publisher: World Bank Publications


Category: Political Science

Page: 470

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The striking upsurge in population growth rates in developing countries at the close of World War II gained force during the next decade. From the 1950s to the 1970s, scholars and advocacy groups publicized the trend and drew troubling conclusions about its economic and ecological implications. Private educational and philanthropic organizations, government, and international organizations joined in the struggle to reduce fertility. Three decades later this movement has seen changes beyond anyone's most optimistic dreams, and global demographic stabilization is expected in this century. The Global Family Planning Revolution preserves the remarkable record of this success. Its editors and authors offer more than a historical record. They disccuss important lessons for current and future initiatives of the international community. Some programs succeeded while others initially failed, and the analyses provide valuable guidance for emerging health-related policy objectives and responses to global challenges.

99 Questions for Global Families

Quality Conversation Starters for Families Crossing Cultures

Author: Jerry Jones

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform



Page: 110

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99 Questions for Global Families is a powerful tool designed for families who are living cross-culturally. By setting aside time to ask these simple questions to the people in your home, you will discover things you never imagined and understand what you already knew on a completely different level. Whether you pick a question once a day, once a week or even once a month, you will gain tremendous insight into how each of your family members processes the joys and challenges of their life abroad. Find out how your kids feel about their host country and their passport country. Learn what stretches them, what challenges them and what excites them the most. Dig deep into what makes your family and your adventure unique. You will probably laugh, you might cry, but you will absolutely learn something new about the people you love most. 99 Questions for Global Families is one in a series of books helping take relationships deeper. For more information on the 99 Questions series, as well as other free resources, go to

Planning the global family

Author: Jodi L. Jacobson

Publisher: Worldwatch Inst


Category: Social Science

Page: 54

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