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Growing better brains? Pregnancy and neuroscience discourses in English social and welfare policies.

Lowe, Pam, Lee, Ellie J., Macvarish, Jan (2015) Growing better brains? Pregnancy and neuroscience discourses in English social and welfare policies. Health, Risk & Society, . ISSN 1369-8575. (doi:10.1080/13698575.2014.994479) (KAR id:47075)

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Abstract

In recent years, English welfare and health policy has started to include pregnancy

designated as ‘at risk’ from pregnant women. In this article, we draw on an analysis

advocacy documents to trace the emergence of neuroscientific claims-making in

of the developing brain that only has a loose relationship with current

ways in which pregnancy is situated in these debates. In these debates, maternal stress

in disadvantage undermines biological claims. The policy claim of neurological ‘critical

concerns over the foetus’ developing brain seem to be situated within the gendered

scientific discoveries. By situating these developments within the broader framework

risk’ child and intensified surveillance over family life.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13698575.2014.994479
Uncontrolled keywords: pregnancy; risk; family policy; neuroscience; maternal stress; foetal development; risk consciousness
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG551 Pregnancy
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ellie Lee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 12:12 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 04:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47075 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lee, Ellie J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8131-6872
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