Families That Work in Times of Crisis

Jody Heymann

in Forgotten Families

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156591
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943333 | DOI:
Families That Work in Times of Crisis

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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

Chapter.  16335 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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