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Helen Wilkinson Editor - Family Business, Demos Collection,
Family Business is an agenda-setting new book edited by
work and families expert Helen Wilkinson which sets out a new way of thinking
about families in the economy of the twenty-first century. An international range
of contributors discusses the emerging work-life agenda, assesses recent policy
initiatives and offers practical solutions for the future.
The book argues
that finding new ways to balance the pressures of work and life is becoming more
urgent and complex. The traditional nuclear family no longer defines our culture
and workers are coming under pressure to work harder, faster and more flexibly
than ever before. The thinkers in this collection of essays raise questions, as
well as suggesting answers. Many caution against quick fixes or simple solutions.
running through every contribution is a central, and simple, story: the new economy
cannot live on thin air alone. The family business is our most precious enterprise.
We under-invest at our peril.
Family Business includes chapters from:
Ed Mayo argues for 'time and care credits', a new form of family-friendly currency.
Jack O'Sullivan and Laura Wilkinson remind us that today's parents
are pioneers of new forms of work and family life.
Ed Straw argues
that the skills we learn at home have a place in the workplace.
Slipman on childcare and the public good.
Tom Bentley argues that there
is a growing similarity between the family and business.
argues children need greater investments of time and energy.
Freely discusses policy-makers' moral responsibilities to parents, families and
Shirley P Burggraf argues that the family accounts for over
half of US productive wealth.
Helena Cronin and Oliver Curry show how
families have literally 'evolved' to be sites of reciprocity, love and mutual
Other articles by: Arlene Skolnick, Melanie Howard and Michael
Wilmott, Nancy Ramsey, Mona Harrington, Michael Rustin, Brad Googins, Graeme Russell
and Juliet Bourke, Suzan Lewis and Julia Brannen, Fiona McAllister, Sumiko Iwao,
Peter Moss, Paul Gregg, Ian Christie, Michael Young and Jean Stogdon, Linda Tarr-Whelan.
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