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Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention: Who's 'saving' Children and Why

Val Gillies, Rosalind Edwards, and Nicola Horsley


So often, the ills of society are blamed on negligent parenting, leading to the development of social service policies built around the concept of early intervention. Interrogating this concept, this book explores the history of our understanding of children, family, and parenting, and its implications for society. With a particular focus on the intersection of brain science and social policy, the authors challenge our long-held consensus on early intervention. Accessibly written and highly topical, this book is a comprehensive and critical assay of our contemporary belief that so-called bad p ... More

Keywords: children, family, parenting, society, early intervention, new capitalism, future citizens, bad parents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447324096
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Val Gillies, author
University of Westminster

Rosalind Edwards, author
University of Southampton

Nicola Horsley, author
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences