Troubled Families: What Role for the State?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  You can access the article by clicking here. Since the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) was launched following the 2011 summer riots, it has been mired in controversy. The programme was founded on a pejorative narrative that blamed 'broken families' for a 'broken society'.  … Continue reading Troubled Families: What Role for the State?

Would Foucault Have Backed Macron? Revisiting ‘The Birth of Biopolitics’ Lectures

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  You can access the article by clicking here. Foucault’s lectures were delivered at the Collège de France in early 1979. Internationally, this was a period marked by revolutionary change and related forms of political reaction (p.1). The Iranian Revolution took place days… Continue reading Would Foucault Have Backed Macron? Revisiting ‘The Birth of Biopolitics’ Lectures

Have Welfare-to-Work Reforms Promoted Citizen Responsibility?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  You can access the article by clicking here. Have welfare-to-work reforms succeeded in promoting citizen responsibility? Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (2016) provides an excellent opportunity to reconsider how we apply the concept of responsibility. The film portrays a UK welfare reality… Continue reading Have Welfare-to-Work Reforms Promoted Citizen Responsibility?

‘Reproducing the Stereotypes’: Family Complexity, Resource Scarcity and Social Work Decision-Making

This blog is based on an article published in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Families are diversifying, but cuts to key support services are making it harder for agencies to respond to this when working with families. The last decade has seen rises in single parent families, cohabiting (unmarried) parents,… Continue reading ‘Reproducing the Stereotypes’: Family Complexity, Resource Scarcity and Social Work Decision-Making