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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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Reproducing inequalities

Reproducing inequalities

(p.131) Seven Reproducing inequalities
Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention

Val Gillies

Rosalind Edwards

Nicola Horsley

Policy Press

This chapter details the ways in which social divisions and inequalities around gender, social class, race/ethnicity, and poverty are embedded and reproduced through early intervention initiatives, especially those invoking brain science. It shows how mothers are envisioned as a risky environment for their children and their outcomes, and held personally accountable for inculcating a ‘biological resistance to adversity’ in their children, able to act as protective buffers between them and harsh social conditions through practising intensive attachment. Poor working-class and minority-ethnic mothers especially are positioned as the source of individual, social, and national problems, and as the solution to them, and the chapter notes the international spread of such ideas.

Keywords:   social divisions, gender, social class, race, ethnicity, poverty, early intervention, brain science, mothers

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