A vital interrogation of the internationally accepted policy and practice consensus that intervention to shape parenting in the early years is the way to prevent disadvantage. It shows how early intervention policies underpinned by interpretations of brain science perpetuate gendered, classed and raced inequalities. This book will be welcomed by those looking for a positive, collectivist vision of the future.
Val Gillies is Professor of Social Policy/Criminology at the University of Westminster. She researches in the area of family, social class, marginalised children and young people, and historical comparative analysis. Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, where she is also Social Sciences Director of Research and a Co-Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Nicola Horsley is a research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research analyses discourses of citizenship, educational and family practices, and the privileging of scientific and technical knowledge in policy making.
The politics of early intervention and evidence; Citizens of the future; Rescuing the infant brain; In whose best interests?; Case studies of interests at play; Saving children; Reproducing inequalities; Reclaiming the future: alternative visions.