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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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Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

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Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers some answers to what can be done about meeting the critical needs of children and families in the midst of globalization. As a result of the failure to adapt workplaces and societies adequately to the marked transitions, children in a wide range of countries are increasingly being left in dangerous conditions. When young children are left home alone or in substandard care, the potential for tragedy is real. The myths feeding inaction are shown. Three of the policies and programs that are discussed include paid parental leave, early childhood care and education, and paid leave for children's health needs. Increased social and economic relations across countries can just as readily lead to widely shared economic gains as they can to a downward spiral toward worse work conditions.

Keywords:   children, family, globalization, policy, health

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