Marriage, Work, and Family Life in Comparative Perspective: Japan, South Korea, and the United States
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192pp. January 2004
Marriage, Work, and Family Life in Comparative Perspective: Japan, South Korea, and the United States
Editor: Tsuya, Noriko O.; Bumpass, Larry L.;
When we compare Eastern and Western societies, we find similar economic and social forces at work. But the impact of these on family life reflects differences in cultural history and social context. This volume examines family change in Korea, Japan, and the United States, allowing us to contrast the collective emphasis of a Confucian social heritage with the individualism of the West. An impressive group of demographers and family sociologists considers such questions as: How do family patterns vary within countries and across societies? How essential are marriage and parenthood? How do levels of contact between middle-aged adults and their parents who live elsewhere differ in East Asian countries and the U.S.? How does female employment vary based on family factors and do these factors affect employment across societies?

Policy makers and demographic and family researchers both in the U.S. and Asia will find this book a vital resource for understanding the dynamics of family life in contrasting modern societies.

Contributors: Larry L. Bumpass, Yong-Chan Byun, Minja Kim Choe, Karen Oppenheim Mason, Ronald R. Rindfluss, Noriko O. Tsuya.

"The distinctions made in the surprising little book are quite interesting, especially given the different cultural histories and timing of economic changes." —Choice, October 2004
Editor: Tsuya, Noriko O.; Bumpass, Larry L.;
Noriko O. Tsuya is professor in the Faculty of Economics at Keio University in Tokyo and director of the 1994 National Survey on Work and Family Life in Japan. Larry L. Bumpass is N. B. Ryder Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and codirector of the National Survey of Families and Households.
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