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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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Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

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Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

Having looked in detail at the impact on the health and development of children of all ages, the economic welfare of families, and equality, this chapter provides some answers to what can be done about meeting the critical needs of children and families in the midst of globalization. At present, the problem with globalization is with how the gains are being divided up. Systems have been put in place to protect the rights of capital in ways that have far outpaced the protections for working parents and their children. This chapter suggests putting in place universal standards for minimum decent working conditions. These need to comprise the kind of conditions essential to humane survival both for adults and the children they care for, including a living wage, parental leave, leave and flexibility to care for sick family members, and humane hours.

Keywords:   globalization, urbanization, child needs, economic welfare, child development, working parents, capital flow, parental leave

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