At the very time when most women's lives are defined by a lack of income, time, and energy, and when being stressed-out is for them more common than the common cold, politicians and other professed guardians of public virtue are stridently lamenting the loss of what they define as "family values." Even as women enter the workforce to provide essential income for their families while attending to children, spouse, and the endless round of domestic chores, every sort of social ill from drug addiction to unwed mothering is laid at their door.
In a book that combines learning, eloquence, and wit, she explains how this paradox symbolizes the new face of family life in America's post-industrial economy. Hitting Home carefully documents the growing abandonment by business and government of their social responsibility to sustain the well-being of families. She exposes "family-friendly" policies as being in fact policies that are friendly primarily to the profit-oriented goals of the corporate world. Albrecht amasses compelling data which are illuminated by portraits and stories of the real people whose daily lives are the grist of economics. Throughout her book, Albrecht maintains that authentic family values require an equal social commitment to two connected goals: women's equality and the well-being of families.
"Those who believe that Christians should be doing more economic ethics committed to the well-being of women and children are like a woman in travail. And like her, we need to push through the pain of confusion about how to hold each other accountable, not only for our decisions about consumption and production, but also for our decisions about reproduction. One rarely finds treatment of this question in Christian economic ethics. Albrecht brings us to the brink of this question and demonstrates the kind of multi-faceted awareness that must inform the way it is addressed." -Interpretation "This book would be useful in wide range of courses likely to be taught by those in family studies. Albrecht provides excellent reviews of daycare and family friendly workplace policies, useful historical materials on the social and economic conditions of white and minority families in the 19th century, and a strong argument that would inform any discussion of work and family issues. Her list of references is rich and her footnotes are worthwhile by themselves. Highly recommended." -Frances Goldcheider, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Summer 2003/Volume 24(2) ."..a valuable addition to the growing literature on feminist social ethics." Marilyn Martone, Theological Studies, November/December 2003 "Sartre said that our most evil penchant is to treat as abstract that which is concrete. Most of the evils of our day are wrapped in deceptive abstractions, like 'globalization' and 'neo-liberalism.' Gloria Albrecht has written a masterpiece that exorcizes these demons, and she has done so with clarity, passion, and wit." Daniel C. Maguire, President, Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics, Milwaukee, Wisconsin "Globalization hits home with a vengeance as the economic and social values of post-industrial capitalism drive families into forced alienation. This book captures it all and points toward change." WATERwheel, Winter 2003 "Gloria Albrecht has given us a deeply researched and carefully crafted study of the largely unnoticed, because mostly hidden, new sources of women's and children's poverty. Ripping the mask off abstract economic discourse and translating data so that we can see the everyday impacts of economic and social policy, she makes crystal clear who it is that is paying for the horrendous choices being forged in Washington. This book is a challenge to all ardent opponents of 'big governemnt' blind to the consequences of their rhetoric. It is a must read for those who profess to live a spiritually informed life or who believe that ethics must have a place in politics. Religious Social Ethics at its best!." Beverly Wildung Harrison, Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary, New York City "Gloria Albrecht has written that 'one of my motivations for this inquiry has been fear: fear for women, mothers, and their children.' Her book proves that what she fears is what in fact the rest of us face. For anyone concerned with the well being of women and children this book is a must." John Raines, President, Center for Comparative Religious Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 16th October 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1