Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life
‘Neuroparenting’ has had a powerful influence on British policy and politics. Advocates claim that all parents require training, especially in how their baby’s brain develops; that ‘the first years last forever’; and that infancy is a ‘critical period’ during which parents must strive ever harder to stimulate their baby’s brain just to achieve normal development.
In this lecture, Jan Macvarish discussed her new book, which challenges the claims of neuroparenting and discusses some of the problematic implications for social policy, family life, and professional practice.
About the speaker
Dr Jan Macvarish is Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, UK. She is author of Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and co-author of Parenting Culture Studies(Palgrave Macmillan 2014).