Engaging Sociology: Raising children with invisible disabilities

We were delighted to begin this year’s series of ‘Engaging Sociology’ lectures with a talk by Linda Blum, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, USA, about the themes in her new book: Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (New York University Press, 2015).

Professor Blum explored how the burgeoning diagnoses of children with social, emotional, behavioural disorders convey new cultural messages about the kind of behaviour that is considered ‘normal’ and acceptable for children, and the ways in which certain forms of ‘parenting’ are variously blamed for children’s disabilities, or proposed as a way of managing children’s problems. Continue reading