|Title||Brave new brains: sociology, family and the politics of knowledge|
This article critically explores sociological arguments for greater biosocial synthesis, centring contemporary developments in public policy to demonstrate how such a reframing of humanity tends to reinforce existing political orders and socially patterned normativities. The case for further amalgamation of the social and life sciences is examined to suggest that production of somatic markers of truth from relational encounters largely relies upon an anaemic and politically contained version of the social as acquired in early childhood. More specifically, the gendered, classed and culturally specific practice of parenting children has come to occupy a new significance in accounts of social brains and environmentally reactive genomes. This is highlighted through a discussion of ‘early intervention’ as a heavily biologised policy rationale framing opportunities for biosocial collaboration. It is argued that late capitalist objectives of personal investment and optimisation are driving this assimilation of the social and life sciences, pursuing an agenda that traces and re-scores longstanding social divisions in the name of progress.
|Keywords||Family, parenting, neuroscience, epigenetics, sociology|
|Journal citation||64 (2), p. 219–237|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12374|
|Published||16 May 2016|
|Published online||25 Apr 2016|