Find a copy in the library
Finding libraries that hold this item...
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Heymann, Jody, 1959-
New York : Basic Books, c2000
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Description:||254 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Predictably Unpredictable: The Lives of Working Americans --
Outdated Working Conditions and Inadequate Social Supports: The Impact on Children --
Special Needs: The Experience of Particularly Vulnerable Children and Their Families --
Impact Across the Life Span: Extended Family Fantasies and Realities --
Economic Inequalities Magnified: Greater Strains, Fewer Resources --
Gender Inequalities: At the Core Lies Our Failure to Address Working Families' Needs --
Society's Best Prospect: An Equal Chance for All Children and Adults.
This book combines the first systematic national research on how the need to meet family obligations is affecting working Americans of all social classes and ethnic groups with personal stories of the struggles of individual families.".
"Heymann's research, documented here and illustrated with case histories, points to a widening gap between working families and the health and development of children. She demonstrates how a lack of essential services and support lead to increased school failure, deteriorating child health, and diminished chance of success for adults and children. Outdated labor policy and practice must be brought into this century, argues Heymann. Her findings make it amply clear that we cannot depend on corporations to provide care or to accommodate to family needs. We must create a national commitment to childcare (not unlike our mandate for universal education) and a guaranteed safety net for emergency care and special needs.
To do less is to abandon the precepts of equal opportunity on which America is founded."--BOOK JACKET.