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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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Citizens of the future1

Citizens of the future1

Chapter:
(p.21) Two Citizens of the future1
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Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention
Author(s):

Val Gillies

Rosalind Edwards

Nicola Horsley

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324096.003.0002

This chapter explores the history of ideas about intervention in family, highlighting attempts to shape children's upbringing for the sake of the nation's future. A consistent and influential idea has been that undesirable attitudes and actions, and the propensity for deprivation, are transmitted down the generations through the way that parenting shapes children's minds and brains. The chapter considers the relationship between interventions designed to address fears about the state of the nation in the form of poverty, crime, and disorder, and understandings of the role of parents and families as they link to shifting emphasises of the capitalist system across time.

Keywords:   intervention, family, upbringing, future nation, deprivation, undesirable attitudes, capitalist system

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