A vital interrogation of the internationally accepted policy and practice consensus that intervention to shape parenting in the early years is the way to prevent disadvantage. Given the divisive assumptions and essentialist ideas behind early years intervention, in whose interests does it really serve?
This book critically assesses assertions that the ‘wrong type of parenting’ has biological and cultural effects, stunting babies’ brain development and leading to a life of poverty and underachievement. It shows how early intervention policies underpinned by interpretations of brain science perpetuate gendered, classed and raced inequalities. The exploration of future directions will be welcomed by those looking for a positive, collectivist vision of the future that addresses the real underlying issues in the creation of disadvantage
Val Gillies is Professor of Social Policy/Criminology at the University of Westminster. She researches in the area of family, social class, marginalised children and young people, and historical comparative analysis.
Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, where she is also Social Sciences Director of Research and a Co-Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.
Nicola Horsley is a Research Associate in the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University, where she researches social inclusion and participation.
The Politics of Early Intervention and Evidence;
Citizens of the Future;
Rescuing the Infant Brain;
In Whose Best Interests?;
Case Studies of Interests at Play;
Reclaiming the Future: Alternative Visions.
"A compelling critique of contemporary developments in early intervention. Beautifully written and rigorously researched this book deserves a wide audience." Brigid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield