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Neoliberalism, global poverty policy and early childhood education and care: a critique of local uptake in England

Simpson, D., Lumsden, E. and Clark, R. M. (2015) Neoliberalism, global poverty policy and early childhood education and care: a critique of local uptake in England. Early Years: An International Research Journal. 35(1), pp. 96-109. 0957-5146.

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Abstract: The global rise of a neoliberal ‘new politics of parenting’ discursively constructs parents in poverty as the reason for, and remedy to, child poverty. This allows for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) to become a key policy lever by using human technologies to intervene in and regulate the lives of parents and children in poverty. The article explores the uptake of this policy locally through interviews with 30 ECEC practitioners in three locations across England. The interviews suggested that the neoliberal discursive formation of child poverty as a problem of the poor themselves had symbolic power and was a view shared by most of the interviewees. This appeared to restrict their thinking and action, shaping a limited engagement with parents in poverty. Delivering curricular requirements was seen to further delimit practitioners’ practices with children in poverty by reducing their poverty sensitivity. Although this is a small study, its findings may be of value in questioning neoliberal logics, and their implications are considered critically.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child poverty, early years, neoliberalism, practitioners’ perspectives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ767 Children. Child development
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV701 Children
Creators: Simpson, Donald, Lumsden, Eunice and Clark, Rory McDowell
Corporate Creators: Teesside University, The University of Northampton, University of Worcester
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Early Years
Date: 1 January 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 96-109
Journal or Publication Title: Early Years: An International Research Journal
Volume: 35
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 0957-5146
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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