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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: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156591.001.0001

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Families That Work in Times of Crisis

Families That Work in Times of Crisis

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(p.143) 6 Families That Work in Times of Crisis
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Forgotten Families
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Jody Heymann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156591.003.0058

This chapter steps back and 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 examines what matters and what does not in times of crisis and afterward, beginning with families in Botswana, where the AIDS pandemic has led to a reduction in life expectancy. The chapter next examines the lives of families in Honduras, after massive mudslides displaced more than a million people. It also describes families in Vietnam 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. The chapter ends by describing these programs and the chance they provide for profound change.

Keywords:   natural disasters, family dilemma, Vietnam war, Botswana, Honduras, AIDS pandemic, massive mudslides

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