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Parenting policy and the geographies of friendship: encounters in an English Sure Start Children's Centre

Eleanor Jupp

in Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0013
Parenting policy and the geographies of friendship: encounters in an English Sure Start Children's Centre

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This chapter takes a qualitative approach to a Sure Start Children's Centre as a space framed by a particular set of policy imperatives. It is argued that the targets of policy are not simply translated into the space and that interactions between staff and users are somewhat ‘uneasy’ and ambivalent because of this. It is also argued that friendships between groups of parents play an important role in mediating access to the centre as part of wider ‘caringscapes’ of parenting.

Keywords: Sure Start; Children's Centres; Parenting; Friendship; Care; Inclusions/exclusions

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