The (Re)Appropriation of the Finnish baby box: the importance of sociomateriality in designing interventions for infant and maternal health and well-being.

REID, James and SWANN, David (2018). The (Re)Appropriation of the Finnish baby box: the importance of sociomateriality in designing interventions for infant and maternal health and well-being. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 8 (2).

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Abstract

This article discusses the global spread of the Finnish baby box, highlighting concern that the Finnish concept and model of the box is being introduced uncritically in a diverse number of countries, spaces and places without concern for local historical, social, cultural and material understanding. Such appropriation of a significant cultural and social tool for infant health and well-being risks the material object – the box and its contents - being used to develop western, normative parenting practices whilst maintaining power relations between children, parents, expert others and the global north and south. This opens up potential mediation of parenting and childhood through the operation of bio-power (Foucault 1997, 2007) and as a form of ‘cargo cult’ (Lindstrom, 2004). To explicate these concerns this article explores the recent introduction of baby boxes in the UK before reviewing a design project to develop a culturally sensitive and particular concept of the baby box for street children in Zambia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; 1701 Psychology; 1608 Sociology
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 12:24
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 12:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24339

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