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'Troubled Families’ : Policy continuity and discontinuity?

Shannon, MB 2015, 'Troubled Families’ : Policy continuity and discontinuity? , in: British Sociological Association Conference 2015 Societies in Transition : Progression or Regression?, 15-17 April 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University.

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The discourse around families perceived to have complex needs has developed at a policy level, very much reinforced by media representations. The notion of the troubled family has recently been generated as a result of Coalition Government policy-this controversial construction of particular families has been explicitly linked with the involvement of the welfare state. Within this context, the Governments Troubled Families tsar, Louise Casey has published an extensive outline of the policy, including the stories of a number of such families derived from interviews. The participants accounts present a picture of some of the complex and long standing issues they face. As a part of PhD research, literature was accessed exploring the notion of troubled and complex families. Exploring these ideas in previous decades shows a continuity in the construction of this idea. This paper seeks to show the continuity in the ideas about such families who present with complex problems, whilst highlighting the new, more controversial version of these ideas. The stories of families who are the subject of intensive family intervention in Casey's report are thus set in the context of this more individualised construction of family behaviour and will arguably be perceived and interpreted in this new context. This discourse reflects the rebalancing of the family/state relationship.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Publisher: British Sociological Association
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: MB Shannon
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 17:23
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:29

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