The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 13, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 302 pages
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A white woman and a black man come together to address the burning social issue of our time: the virtual abandonment of parents - poor and middle class - by our business, political, and cultural elites. Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West call for a Parents' Bill of Rights that gives new value and dignity to the parental role and restores our nation's commitment to the well-being of children. Hewlett and West show how for thirty years big business, government, and the wider culture have waged a silent war against parents. We live in a nation where market work, centered on profits and greed, increasingly crowds out nonmarket work, centered on commitment and care. In calling for a Parents' Bill of Rights, the authors seek to unite America's 62 million parents behind an agenda that spans the divides of race, gender, and class.
 

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A powerful call for parents to organize and fight back against a society that pays lip service to family values, then abandons mothers and fathers to an economic and political swamp. Both active in ... Read full review

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A feminist scholar and a noted African American intellectual argue that business, government, and the culture at large make raising children impossible. Read full review

Contents

The Partnership
3
Parents and National Survival
26
Managerial Greed and the Collapse
57
Government Tilts Against Parents
88
A Poisonous Popular Culture
125
The Disabling of Dads
157
Promise Keepers and
185
Detailed Analysis of Survey Work
259
Tables
265
Index
292
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About the author (1999)

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is founder and chairman of the National Parenting Association.

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

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