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Neoliberalism, ‘race’ and child welfare

Kirton, Derek (2018) Neoliberalism, ‘race’ and child welfare. Critical and Radical Social Work, 6 (3). pp. 311-327. ISSN 2049-8608. (doi:10.1332/204986018X15388225078517) (KAR id:69302)

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This article explores the significance of ’race’ and ethnicity in the relationship between neoliberalism and child welfare in the UK, arguing that this has been somewhat marginal in both policy and academic discussion. It is based on a narrative review of key policy documents and research and covers a range of services from family support and child protection to looked after children and adoption. An overarching finding is that the influence of racial neoliberalism can readily be detected within a progressive downplaying of ‘race’ and ethnicity, emphasis on securitisation and frequent counter-offensive against ‘political correctness’. Importantly, however, there have been to date limits and resistance to this influence, and the article concludes with a brief discussion of how this can be built upon.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204986018X15388225078517
Uncontrolled keywords: neoliberalism; ‘race’; ethnicity; child welfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Derek Kirton
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 02:41 UTC
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