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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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Families That Work in Times of Crisis

Families That Work in Times of Crisis

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Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks the question of whether the dilemmas that families face, as great as they are, continue to be relevant in the context of other crises, from epidemics to natural disasters, to the long-term aftermath of wars. It begins with families in Botswana, where the AIDS pandemic has led to a reduction in life expectancy measured in decades. Next, it explores the lives of families in Honduras, two years after massive mudslides displaced more than a million people. Then, families in Vietnam were interviewed a quarter-century after a war that led to several million deaths. Even in the midst of these tragedies and their aftermaths, there are glimpses of hope—programs that are truly making a difference in the lives of children, not just for a moment, but for a generation. It ends by describing these programs and the chance they provide for profound change.

Keywords:   family, work, crisis, Botswana, Honduras, Vietnam, children

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