Family intervention projects: sites of subversion and resilience

Sadie Par and Judy Nixon

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI:
Family intervention projects: sites of subversion and resilience

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Focusing on new forms of practice for working with families which, in different ways, have been constructed by policy makers as ‘problematic’, this chapter looks at the way in which front-line workers have reinterpreted government strategies for intervening in the lives of families exhibiting ‘antisocial behaviour’. It considers the processes of translation that characterise antisocial behaviour policy enactment. Scrutiny of the contested development of intensive family support projects (IFSPs), which more recently have been subsumed under the title Family Intervention Projects, serves to highlight the way in which technologies of governance devised at the centre are linked to and dependent on activities, organisations, and individuals operating in a local context.

Keywords: antisocial behaviour; problematic families; IFSPs; family support; governance

Chapter.  6249 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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