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Young and Lonely

The Social Conditions of Loneliness

This book addresses important questions about tackling today’s epidemic of loneliness among young people, exploring experiences of loneliness in early life and considering how social conditions of austerity, precarity, inequality and competitive pressures to succeed can dramatically influence these feelings.

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A Year Like No Other

Life on a Low Income during COVID-19

Telling the stories of low-income families, this book exposes the ways that pre-existing inequalities, insecurities and hardships were amplified during the pandemic in the UK and offers key policy recommendations for change.

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Working together or pulling apart?

The National Health Service and child protection networks

This book examines the contribution of the NHS to the multi-agency and inter-professional child protection process. It examines the roles played by health professionals within child protection and investigates the nature and operation of the central policy community and local provider networks.

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Work, families and organisations in transition

European perspectives

Based upon cross-national case studies of public and private sector workplaces, "Work, families and organisations in transition" illustrates how workplace practices and policies impact on employees' experiences of "work-life balance" in contemporary shifting contexts.

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Women's Work

How Mothers Manage Flexible Working in Careers and Family Life

This book is the first to go inside women’s work and family lives in a year of working flexibly. The private labours of going part-time, job sharing, and home working are brought to life with vivid personal stories, concluding that there is an opportunity to make employment and family life work better together.

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Women, Welfare and Productivism in East Asia and Europe

This panoramic survey of welfare regimes in seven countries in East Asia and Europe shows how productivist thinking underpins support systems in the east and west. It compares key aspects of provision like childcare, parental leave, employment support and pensions to illustrate how welfare and work policies affect women at all stages of life.

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Why Who Cleans Counts

What Housework Tells Us about American Family Life

Every household has to perform housework. Using quantitative, nationally representative survey data this book theorizes about how power dynamics as reflected in housework performance help us understand broader family variations.

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When children become parents

Welfare state responses to teenage pregnancy

Teenage parenthood is recognised as a significant disadvantage in western industrialised nations. It has been found to increase the likelihood of poverty and reinforce inequalities. This book explores the links between welfare state provision and teenage reproductive behaviour across a range of countries with differing welfare regimes.

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What Works in Reducing Inequalities in Child Health?

This revised and updated edition of an important report looks at macro public policy interventions, community interventions, and individual level interventions in a variety of areas to ascertain 'what works' in practice. It includes new case studies, updated research references, and reference to cost effectiveness.

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What Works in Reducing Inequalities in Child Health?

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What Works in Improving Gender Equality

International Best Practice in Childcare and Long-term Care Policy

EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book provides an accessible analysis of what gender equality means and how we can achieve it by adapting best practices in childcare and long term care policies from other countries.

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The Well-Being of Children in the UK

This is the classic assessment of the state of child well-being in the UK. This fourth edition has been updated to review the latest evidence, including the impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures since 2008. An essential resource.

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