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Biologising parenting: neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child

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dc.contributor.author Lowe, P., Lee, E., & Macvarish, J.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-23T17:57:12Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-23T17:57:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Lowe, P., Lee, E., & Macvarish, J. (2015). Biologising parenting: neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child. Sociology of health & illness, 37(2), 198-211. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4409850/pdf/shil0037-0198.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2359
dc.description.abstract In recent years, claims about children's developing brains have become central to the formation of child health and welfare policies in England. While these policies assert that they are based on neuro-scientific discoveries, their relationship to neuroscience itself has been debated. However, what is clear is that they portray a particular understanding of children and childhood, one that is marked by a lack of acknowledgment of child personhood. Using an analysis of key government-commissioned reports and additional advocacy documents, this article illustrates the ways that the mind of the child is reduced to the brain, and this brain comes to represent the child. It is argued that a highly reductionist and limiting construction of the child is produced, alongside the idea that parenting is the main factor in child development. It is concluded that this focus on children's brains, with its accompanying deterministic perspective on parenting, overlooks children's embodied lives and this has implications for the design of children's health and welfare services. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sociology of health & illness en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject child development en_US
dc.subject neglect en_US
dc.subject neuroscience en_US
dc.subject parenting en_US
dc.subject policy analysis en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Australia en_US
dc.title Biologising parenting: neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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