Governing Families in the Social Investment State
This article is taken, with publisher permission, from the Rethinking Childhood Series book: Cannella, G. S. & Diaz Soto, L. (Eds.) (2010). Childhoods; A Handbook. NY: Peter Lang. In this article the authors critically analyze the alleged “progressive” evolution from child protection (as a coercive practice) towards child welfare (as a preventative and empowering alternative). Using Michel Foucault’s frameworks the authors deconstruct the discourse on welfare and its vocabulary on ‘prevention,’ ‘children’s rights,’ ‘active citizenship,’ and ‘the autonomous individual.’ The reader is referred to the complete book for additional critical, feminist, post-structural, reconceptualist analyses on social justice issues within early childhood studies.
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