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Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention : Who's 'Saving' Children and Why - Reprint (Paperback)

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The authors critique assumptions about a type of parenting that some claim stunts children’s development and passes detrimental social values and behavior to them. They explore ideas about foundational, determinist brain development attachment in the early years as the basis for interventions in the UK to save children from “bad” parenting and consider the history of understandings about children, family, and parenting, and the implications for society, and the idea that poor parenting results in future citizens not fit for the world. They address key interests in early years intervention, particularly who uses brain science to argue for intervention and promote specific types of parenting interventions, such as politicians, policymakers and political advisers, intervention lobbyists, consultants, and evaluators, and chief executives and directors of statutory and voluntary sector services, and why. They describe ways assumptions and essentialist ideas become embedded in early intervention policies and programs informed by a version of child brain development that has become detached from neuroscientific knowledge. They draw on a two-year study they conducted, the “Brain Science and Early Intervention” research project, which examined how biologized accounts of the formative impact of early experience on brain development affects policies, social policy legislation, and early intervention initiatives and practice, and the consequences for practices among health care providers and early years educators, as well as interventions that position the parenting practices of mothers they work with as deficient. Chapters discuss the history of ideas about intervention in family; how brain claims came to define and promote early intervention in how mothers raise children as an expression of social investment models of social policy; vested interests involved in the gap between evidence and representations through selective and partial use of information; case studies of three initiatives (Wave Trust, the Family Nurse Partnership early intervention program, and Parent Infant Partnership UK); how brain science and neoliberal ideas impact the understandings and practices of those in the early years field; and how social divisions and inequalities related to gender, social class, race and ethnicity, and poverty are reproduced through early intervention initiatives. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 201
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Val Gillies & Rosalind Edwards & Nicola Horsley
Language: English
Street Date: September 30, 2017
TCIN: 53028904
UPC: 9781447324102
Item Number (DPCI): 248-52-4082
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