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Can Working Families Ever Win? (New Democracy Forum)

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Jody Heymann takes on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard. She argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is virtually impossible for these individuals to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because of the twin demands of work and family that poor parents face, the health and education of their children suffer. These kids often lack adequate preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.

Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies and suggests what must be done to help families. A wide range of thinkers respond.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." --Robert Pinsky

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The author, a frequent media commentator on issues of family and work, argues that poor working parents don't have a fair chance at creating a better life for their children because our nation fails to provide essential supports to working families. She shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies and suggests what must be done to help families, calling for reform in social structures and workplace laws. Her essay is followed by responses by 15 leading thinkers in the field from various perspectives. There is no subject index. Heymann is director of the Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Taking on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard, Jody Heymann argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is impossible for parents to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because they can't get ahead, the health and education of their children suffers in turn. These children go without minimal standards of preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.

Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies. She describes what must be done to help families.

Praise for the New Democracy Forum:

"The New Democracy Forum series is a civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache."

--Robert Pinsky

NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM

A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues--both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

About the Author

A frequent media commentator on issues of family and work, Jody Heymann, M.D., Ph.D., is founder and director of the Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University and author of The Widening Gap. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807004531
Editor:
Heymann, Jody
Editor:
Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua; Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
Heymann, Jody
Author:
Heyman, Jody
Author:
Rogers, Joel
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Wages
Subject:
Working poor
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Wages -- United States.
Subject:
Working poor - United States
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Democracy Forum
Series Volume:
10381
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.3 x .4 in .45 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Taking on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard, Jody Heymann argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is impossible for parents to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because they can't get ahead, the health and education of their children suffers in turn. These children go without minimal standards of preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.

Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies. She describes what must be done to help families.

Praise for the New Democracy Forum:

"The New Democracy Forum series is a civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache."

--Robert Pinsky

NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM

A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues--both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

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