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Challenging the Politics of Early InterventionWho's 'saving' Children and Why$
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Val Gillies, Rosalind Edwards, and Nicola Horsley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324096

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324096.001.0001

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The politics of early intervention and evidence

The politics of early intervention and evidence

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Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention

Val Gillies

Rosalind Edwards

Nicola Horsley

Policy Press

This chapter takes a critical look at assumptions that ‘the wrong type of parenting’ has biological and cultural effects, stunting children's brain development and passing detrimental social values and behaviour down the generations. It draws out assertions about foundational, determinist brain development and attachment in the early years as the basis and rationale for interventions to ‘save’ children from poor parenting, and then subject them to critique. The chapter also explores the history of understandings of children, family and parenting, and the implications for society, and looks at contemporary understanding that poor parenting results in substandard future citizens who are not fit for the economy of today's world.

Keywords:   parenting, poor parenting, brain development, social values, children, future citizens, generations

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