TITLE

Forging the links: globalisation and family patterns

AUTHOR(S)
Ziehl, Susan C.
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Society in Transition;2003, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p320
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Until recently, there has been little dialogue between scholars who have been researching and theorizing about globalisation and those working in the field of family studies. It is often said that globalisation is affecting family patterns, but the exact nature of that effect is seldom fleshed out. The purpose of this article is to discuss some attempts at linking these two fields of study. I provide a critical appraisal of Giddens and Castells' work in this area — particularly their claim that globalisation has resulted in the demise of the conventional nuclear family. While both provide interesting and insightful analyses of the family-globalisation connection, they overestimate the extent to which family life in the West has changed, and underestimate the importance of regional variation that preceded the modern era — and still persists today. The major shortcomings of their analyses are conceptual and methodological, as they do not distinguish between a household and a domestic life cycle.
ACCESSION #
14243319

 

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