Family policy and the governance of anti-social behaviour in the UK : women's experiences of intensive family support

PARR, Sadie (2011). Family policy and the governance of anti-social behaviour in the UK : women's experiences of intensive family support. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (04), 717-737.

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279410000735
Link to published version:: 10.1017/S0047279410000735

Abstract

In seeking to make sense of the role of intensive family support in the governance of anti-social behaviour, this paper focuses analytical attention on one case study project, the Family Support Service. It draws on interview material from five women whose experiences were tracked in repeat interviews over an 18-month period. The Family Support Service entailed intense surveillance and supervision of marginalised populations in domestic private spaces and did, therefore, have controlling and disciplinary qualities, particularly with regard to the families living in ‘core’ residential accommodation. Yet, in spite of this, the Family Support Service also contained a significant social welfare ethos based on finding long-term sustainable solutions to individuals’ problems, not least security of housing and income. This paper argues that while we must confront the worrying and disconcerting aspects of intensive family support, the intervention might be conducive to helping disadvantaged and troubled families access better lives. There is a need for further research, however, about how to achieve less punitive types of family intervention and, therefore, how progressive change for vulnerable families might be generated.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279410000735
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2012 12:06
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4701

Actions (login required)

View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics