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Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

Jody Heymann

in Forgotten Families

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156591
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156591.003.0068
Addressing the Burgeoning Problems

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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

Chapter.  14589 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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