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Brain cultureShaping policy through neuroscience$
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Jessica Pykett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314042

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314042.001.0001

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governing through brain culture

(p.1) One Introduction
Brain culture

Jessica Pykett

Policy Press

This chapter charts the emergence of ‘brain culture’, particularly in the UK, through examples of the influence of the behavioural sciences, neurosciences and psychological sciences on public policy and practice, including behaviour change policies and early intervention in child welfare. It provides an introductory tour of what might be called ‘neuroskeptic’ literatures, giving an indication of just how influential the neural turn has been in a wide range of academic disciplines hitherto only analysed separately, including philosophies of mind, sociology, anthropology, political science and literary studies. It then outlines the basis for the critical analysis of the brain world adopted in the book by exploring the role of cultures of the brain in shaping citizenship through public policy. The chapter describes the origins of the term brain culture and introduces some of the key tenets of a Foucauldian inspired, governmentality analysis of governing through brain culture.

Keywords:   anthropology, behaviour change, citizenship, early intervention, governmentality, literary studies, Michel Foucault, neuroscience, philosophies of mind, sociology

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