Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Mar 20, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 258 pages
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The processes of modernization and globalization promise more wealth and health for many people. But they are also a threat to the stability and quality of marriage and family life. This new book -- at once sobering and constructive -- looks at the impact of these processes on marriage and asks what Christianity, in cooperation with other religions, can do to strengthen married life today.

Among the deleterious effects of modernization and globalization on marriage are a worldwide drift of men away from the responsibility of parenthood and the tendency of mothers too readily to take on the task of childrearing alone. After looking at recent research on these and other problems, Don Browning suggests that the cure for modern marital disruption entails reforming and reconstructing the institution of marriage while also nurturing relevant forms of social support. Yet the effort to initiate a "world marriage revival" requires a complex cultural work, and Browning explores the key contributions that the religions of the world must make for such an effort to be successful.
 

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Contents

The World Situation of Families Marriage Reformation as a Cultural Work
1
From West to East Modernization and Family in the US and South Korea
30
Christianity and the Western Family
55
Marriage and the Male Problematic in Aquinas and Luther
77
Nature and Creation Evolutionary Psychology Marriage and Family
99
A Practical Theology of Families
129
Feminism Family and Global Trends
155
Cultural Social and Educational Strategies
186
World Family Strategies
211
Index of Subjects and Names
245
Index of Scripture References
258
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Don S. Browning (1934-2010) was Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Divinity School and director of the Lilly Project on Religion, Culture, and the Family. He coauthored From C

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