The politics of 'anti-social' behaviour within the Troubled Families programme

Bond-Taylor, Sue (2014) The politics of 'anti-social' behaviour within the Troubled Families programme. In: Anti-social behaviour in Britain: Victorian and contemporary perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 141-154. ISBN 9781137399304

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This chapter explores the role of the Coalition Government’s Troubled Families Programme as a mechanism for preventing anti-social behaviour. The political agendas underpinning the programme are identified, examining the ways in which this programme both reflects broader Conservative Party ideologies and echoes earlier New Labour family intervention policy. The shifting discourses around family support are addressed, focusing on the ideological depiction of ‘troubled’ families as anti-social, rather than as vulnerable and in need. Critiques of family intervention projects are revisited to highlight the risk of generating oppressive practices based in the increasing regulation of disadvantaged families. By contrast, the ways in which individual keyworkers and local ‘troubled families’ teams may challenge government discourses and thereby develop more meaningful understandings of family problems are identified. It is argued that these approaches have the potential to promote more supportive and empowering interventions and therefore provide more effective ways of preventing ‘anti-social’ behaviour.

Keywords:Troubled Families, anti-social behaviour, family interventions, bmjconvert
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:17333
Deposited On:05 May 2015 10:03

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