Constructions of parents in ACEs discourse

Macvarish, Jan and Lee, Ellie J. (2019) Constructions of parents in ACEs discourse. Social Policy and Society, . ISSN 1474-7464. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In December 2017, the House of Commons Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee put out a call for submissions to an Inquiry which would consider the evidence-base for early intervention policies, with a particular focus on ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’ or ACEs. This paper analyses those submissions and the transcripts of the Inquiry’s oral sessions in the belief that they constitute a useful window through which to explore the types of claims being made in ACEs discourse. Our aim is to assess whether the ACEs phenomenon represents a continuity with what has been termed the ‘first three years movement’ (Thornton, 2011a and b): social policy and philanthropic activism which focuses on the earliest years of life in the name of preventing social problems ‘down the line’. In particular, we consider constructions of parents as determinate of these social problems through their influence on their children and the ways in which these are gendered in new ways.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ACEs, parenting, determinism, neuroparenting, first three years movement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 14:29 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 13:40 UTC
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