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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335248.001.0001

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Dramatic Transformations

Dramatic Transformations

(p.3) 1 Dramatic Transformations
Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

Gabriela Saavedra was working in a sweatshop. The dangers of her job increased with the sleep deprivation. There was no leave time at the factory, and there were barely breaks for lunch. She couldn't afford to lose any of the limited wages she earned, so she worked when she was sick. She also worked when Ana Daniel, her 19-month-old toddler, was sick. Despite her mother's adoration, Ana Daniel didn't have a chance at a healthy childhood if her mother remained in the sweatshop where she worked. The anti-sweatshop movement has brought much-needed attention to the draconian conditions under which many adults must labor around the world. During the past 50 years, three striking forces have led to major transformations of family life that offer the potential to either lift families out of poverty or place children at heightened risk. When the three major historical shifts of labor, urbanization, and economic globalization occurred simultaneously, they dropped working families into the vortex of what is in many ways a perfect storm.

Keywords:   dramatic transformation, sweatshop, labor, urbanization, economic globalization, perfect storm

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