Dramatic Transformations

Jody Heymann

in Forgotten Families

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156591
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943333 | DOI:
Dramatic Transformations

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Gabriela and Ana Daniel Saavedra in Honduras are far from alone in their situation. There are at least 900 million children being raised worldwide in households in which all adults work. Millions of their parents labor under conditions that damage their children's lives, as well as their own. During the past fifty years, three striking forces have led to major transformations of family life that offer the potential to either lift families out of poverty or place children at heightened risk. A labor force transformation simultaneously provides more opportunities and new obstacles to caregiving. Urbanization has pulled nuclear families toward new job opportunities and away from extended-family support. All of this has occurred in an era of increased economic globalization, which has brought with it access to lower-cost goods and services but also less ability to bargain for decent wages and benefits.

Keywords: urbanization; globalization; poverty; Gabriela Saavedra; family support; labor force transformation

Chapter.  4062 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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