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In recent years, new areas of biology, especially epigenetics and neuroscience, have enthralled the public imagination. They have been used as powerful arguments for developing social policy in a particular direction, from early intervention in the lives of disadvantaged children to seeking ‘biomarkers’ as identifiers of criminality.
This timely book, written by leading commentators, critically examines the capabilities and limitations of these biotechnologies, exploring their implications for policy and practice.
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This book offers an analysis and summary of the uses, abuses and limitations of attachment theory in contemporary child welfare practice.
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Shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2019.
What’s it really like to be a mother with a career working flexibly?
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This bestselling textbook provides social science students with an accessible introduction to neuroscience and the implications for our understandings of child development, considering the links between brain development and social and cultural issues.
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maternalseparation condition’ (Dawson et al, 1994: 772). More ‘positive’ emotion it
would seem. In truth, there is a vast gallimauphry of neuroscience research, but little
settled knowledge. Evidence for policy making does not simply repose in journals
‘ready to be harvested’ (Greenhalgh and Russell, 2006: 36). Rather, it is ‘rhetorically
constructed on the social stage so as to achieve particular ends’ (Greenhalgh and
Russell, 2006: 37). This seems an apt enough description of Allen’s modus operandi.
Although ‘journal science’ is invoked, he seems not
nonhandled rats 90 minutes after the test,
compared to the handled rats, for whom the levels had returned to
baseline after 60 minutes. The study concludes: ‘our findings suggest
that the mechanism by which the early environment influences the
stress response involves the regulation of GR concentrations in the
hippocampus’ (Meaney et al, 1985: 734).
Crucially, the paper does not explain why human handling and
maternalseparation during suckling is apparently so beneficial in
developing a greater level of resistance to stress. We might plausibly