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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 McDowall Clark, Rory (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. ISSN Print: 0957-5146 Online: 1472-4421

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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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: child poverty, early years, neoliberalism, practitioners' perspectives
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Rory Clark
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2019 04:12
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2019 04:12
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8218

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