Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life

The next open lecture in our Engaging Sociology series will be on Tuesday 15 November 2016, 5pm, in Og46 (The Michael Berry lecture theatre, Old Sessions House). Dr Jan Macvarish, from the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, will discuss themes from her recently-published book.

‘Neuroparenting’ has had a powerful influence on British policy and politics. Advocates claim that all parents require training, especially in how their baby’s brain develops; that ‘the first years last forever’; and that infancy is a ‘critical period’ during which parents must strive ever harder to stimulate their baby’s brain just to achieve normal development.

In this lecture, Dr Jan Macvarish will challenge the claims of neuroparenting and discuss some of the problematic implications for social policy, family life, and professional practice. The lecture will be of interest to students and scholars of Sociology, Politics, Psychology, Early Childhood Studies, Social Work, Health Studies, and Education Studies, as well as practitioners and individuals with an interest in family policy-making.

All are welcome to attend, and there is no need to book in advance.  For further information, please contact Jennie Bristow (jennie.bristow@canterbury.ac.uk) or Matt Ogilvie (matt.ogilvie@canterbury.ac.uk)

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