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Askari, Nasreen.
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London : Merrell Holberton, 1999.
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128 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
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"Saris, shawls and sashes"-- on cover.
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GT1460 .A85 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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As Michael Harrington's New American Poverty alerted readers to that problem, so the present collection makes readers aware of the various conditions of single parenting. . . . The institutional barriers of courts, housing, and workplace to the economic well-being of the female single parent are explicitly and directly examined. Solid recommendations for institutionalizing change on the state and federal levels are made. The interdisciplinary expertise of the authors covers the fields of law, social work, urban planning, housing, economics, and public policy, all with solid academic preparation. Charts are clear and concise, and the laguage is direct and concrete. Choice

The single-parent family phenomenon is primarily about households headed by single mothers with minor children. Some perceive this growing family form as a threat to the values of the traditional nuclear family and often stereotype the mothers and their children as problems all too often dependent on public assistance. Others cite an uncaring society that ignores the needs of its more vulnerable members. Stereotypes of single women as parents, however, often significantly misrepresent the reality. Indeed, the very ignoring of the great range of differences that characterize contemporary single mothers has itself led to a large and harmful body of myths that perpetuate and intensify the single parent's problems.

This sensitive, substantive book provides a needed examination of the realities of single parenthood for women. It makes a major contribution toward thoughtful formulation of policies for improving the economic and social well-being of single parents and their children. Scholars and practitioners in the fields of law, social work, urban planning, housing, economics, and public policy address and respond to the many problems, challenges, and barriers that single mothers confront in the courts, in labor markets, and in housing.

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Library Journal Review

For centuries, people in the West have been fascinated by the beautiful textiles imported from India and Pakistan. Here, the colorful hues, patterns, and embroideries of flat textiles are explored. Ordinary people traditionally wrap these materials around their bodies as turbans, shawls, women's dresses (saris), and waist sashes or hang them as canopies and spreads, uses that are all illustrated here. Askari and Arthur co-curated the exhibit on which this book is based, and Arthur gives a fascinating account of how the mills in Europe actually copied South Asian cloth and exported it back (e.g., "Paisley shawls" were made in Paisley, Scotland). A map of the Indian subcontinent is included but not the iconography or the details of weaving techniques as shown in Linda Lynton's splendid but hard-to-find The Sari: Styles Patterns, History, Techniques (o.p.). Still, this is a well-priced introduction to appreciation of the rich cultures of the regions as evidenced in their textiles. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.√ĄTherese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.