Please join Martyn Pickersgill, Ph.D., Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Medicine, Centre for Biomedicine, the Self and Society
Neuroscience and the Governance of Family Life
Across the UK, ideas about the developing brain have come to have considerable traction in public policy relating to children and family life. In this talk, I will discuss a collaborative sociological research project using both documentary analysis and interviews with individuals developing – and targeted by – policy and services in this area. I will show how neuroscientific notions are regarded as simultaneously novel and significant, and mundane and unsurprising. This has implications for how we approach and understand both critiques and celebrations of neuroscience, each of which tend to position knowledge and its translation as uniformly one thing or another.
Sponsored by the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program