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University of Salford

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Drawing inspiration from Basil Bernstein’s famous essay ‘Education cannot compensate for society’, this seminar examines the recent re-focusing of the government’s gaze on ‘the family’ as the source of a wide range of society’s ills and thus, the site for various policy interventions. The seminar will extend and develop Stephen’s doctoral study, which examined the political construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem and a masculine model of ‘family intervention as the solution to the alleged problem.


The evidence surrounding the success (or otherwise) different forms of intervention in family life will be briefly presented and discussed. A wide range of theoretical and historical resources will be deployed to suggest that any continued policy focus on families, however nuanced or empathetic, still misrecognises the ‘problem’. An alternative focus on wider relations between ‘the state’ and ‘the family’ will be proposed, one which considers the resources that families have, or don’t have, at their disposal. In doing so, the case will be made for the ‘radical non-intervention’ in the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged families.


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Stephen Crossley is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Northumbria University. He recently completed his PhD on the government’s Troubled Families Programme at Durham University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Stephen worked on a regional child poverty project in the North East and also worked for local authorities and housing organisations in youth, community development and neighbourhood management roles. His first book In Their Place: the imagined geographies of poverty was published by Pluto Press in 2017. His forthcoming book Troublemakers: the construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem will be published by Policy Press in April 2018.

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