Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Domestic Surveillance and the Troubled Families Programme: Understanding relationality and constraint in the homes of multiply disadvantaged families

an article by Sue Bond-Taylor (University of Lincoln) published in People, Place and Policy Volume 10 Issue 3 (November 2016)


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.

Full text (PDF)

Government information about support for families is here

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