Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy

Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy

Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy

Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy

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This book will address two fundamental questions. First, how are work and social conditions in countries around the world affecting the ability of parents to nurture the health and development of their children? Second, in the context of a global economy, what will determine whether there is a progressive race to the bottom among nations, with parents and their children facing worse conditions in each country, or a climb to the top?

Beginning to answer these questions could not be done without a new focus and breadth of research. If you placed a pin on a world map for every study that has been conducted on working families, North America and Europe would be so littered with markers that there would be little room left to place any more. The clustering of markers would hide the fact that a far greater number of studies in North America and Europe have been conducted on middle-class and professional families than on those living in poverty. It would, however, accurately reflect the fact that, up until recently, next to no research has been conducted to uncover the experiences of working parents and their children in most of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In part, these studies were never done because the questions had not been asked yet on a global scale. In part, these studies had not been undertaken previously because of the enormity of the task.

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