The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

Families in Israel

Families in Israel
RuthKatz, YoavLavee

Is there a pattern, a form, or a structure of family that can be identified as uniquely Israeli? In what way is this “Israeli family” different from any other family in a similarly modernized, industrialized society? If there is a unique form of Israeli family, is it equally shared by all Israelis, or is it the dominant pattern among some sectors of the population and not among others?

(Shamgar-Handelman, 1996, p. 388)

This chapter provides a look at families in Israel. Following Shamgar-Handelman (1996) we contend that there is no single, distinct, unique “Israeli family,” but rather there is a diversity of family patterns and lifestyles.

Israel is characterized by a vast diversity in family patterns, manifested by a plethora of family ...

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