Domestic surveillance and the Troubled Families Programme: understanding relationality and constraint in the homes of multiply disadvantaged families

Bond-Taylor, Sue (2016) Domestic surveillance and the Troubled Families Programme: understanding relationality and constraint in the homes of multiply disadvantaged families. People, Place and Policy, 10 (3). pp. 207-224. ISSN 1753-8041

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Abstract

This article explores the experiences of families within the Troubled Families Programme in responding to professional concerns about the condition and maintenance of the family home. Drawing upon care ethicists’ development of relational autonomy perspectives, neoliberal assumptions about personal agency and responsibility are challenged, and the complexity of the constraints upon families highlighted. Within this framework, family interventions can be repositioned, not as an intrusive form of domestic surveillance levied at working class women, but as an opportunity to support families (and especially mothers) to overcome oppressive conditions which constrain their capacity to act.

Keywords:Troubled Families, care ethics, gender, responsibilisation, relational autonomy, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:25182
Deposited On:16 Nov 2016 13:49

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