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Troublemakers: The Construction of 'Troubled Families' As A Social Problem

Stephen Crossley


The launch of the Troubled Families Programme in the wake of the 2011 riots conflated poor and disadvantaged families with anti-social and criminal families. The programme aimed to ‘turn around’ the lives of the country's most ‘troubled families’, at a time of austerity and wide-ranging welfare reforms which hit the poorest families hardest. This detailed, authoritative and critical account reveals the inconsistencies and contradictions within the programme, and issues of deceit and malpractice in its operation. It shows how this core government policy has stigmatised the families it claimed t ... More

Keywords: Troubled Families Programme, 2011 riots, austerity, ranging welfare reforms, social justice, neoliberal statecraft, poor families, disadvantaged families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447334729
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Crossley, author
Northumbria University