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Title: Brave new brains: sociology, family and the politics of knowledge
Authors: Gillies, Val
Edwards, Rosalind
Horsley, Nicola
Keywords: Biosocial
Early intervention
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © John Wiley & Sons
Citation: GILLIES, V., EDWARDS, R. and HORSLEY, N., 2016. Brave new brains: sociology, family and the politics of knowledge. Sociological Review, 64 (2), pp.219-237.
Abstract: This article critically explores sociological arguments for greater biosocial synthesis, centring contemporary developments in public policy to demonstrate how such a reframing of humanity tends to reinforce existing political orders and socially patterned normativities. The case for further amalgamation of the social and life sciences is examined to suggest that production of somatic markers of truth from relational encounters largely relies upon an anaemic and politically contained version of the social as acquired in early childhood. More specifically, the gendered, classed and culturally specific practice of parenting children has come to occupy a new significance in accounts of social brains and environmentally reactive genomes. This is highlighted through a discussion of ‘early intervention’ as a heavily biologized policy rationale framing opportunities for biosocial collaboration. It is argued that late capitalist objectives of personal investment and optimization are driving this assimilation of the social and life sciences, pursuing an agenda that traces and re-scores long-standing social divisions in the name of progress.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: GILLIES, V., EDWARDS, R. and HORSLEY, N., 2016. Brave new brains: sociology, family and the politics of knowledge. Sociological Review, 64 (2), pp.219-237, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12374. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12374
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21553
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12374
ISSN: 0038-0261
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