Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy

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Oxford University Press, Feb 16, 2006 - Social Science - 328 pages
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In the last half-century, radical changes have rippled through the workplace and the home from Boston to Bombay. In the face of rapid globalization, these changes affect us all, and we can no longer confine ourselves to addressing working and social conditions within our own borders without simultaneously addressing them on a global scale. Based on over a thousand in-depth interviews and survey data from more than 55,000 families spanning five continents, Forgotten Families is the first truly global account of how the changing conditions of work threaten children, women and men, and the infirm. It addresses problems faced by working families in industrialized and developing countries alike, touching on issues of child health and development, barriers to parents getting and keeping jobs, problems families confront daily and in times of crisis, and the roles of growing inequalities. Rich in individual stories and deeply human, Heymann's book proposes innovative and imaginative ideas for solving the problems of the truly belabored together as a global community.
 

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Contents

1 Dramatic Transformations
3
2 Who Cares for Preschool Children?
13
Getting a Chance
45
4 Parents Working Conditions and Childrens Health
71
5 Economic and Gender Inequalities
113
6 Families That Work in Times of Crisis
143
7 Addressing the Burgeoning Problems
187
Appendixes
223
Notes
259
Index
295
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Jody Heymann M.D, Ph.D., holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University where she is the founding director of a university-wide Institute for Health and Social Policy, and a Professor of Political Science and Epidemiology. The founder and director of the Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University, Heymann is also author of The Widening Gap: Why America's Working Families Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It (Basic Books, 2000), among other books.

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