Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practice

Kate Brown (Author)

Product Details

Policy Press
Publish Date
January 01, 2017
6.1 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Brown is a lecturer in social policy and crime at the University of York, where she is chair of the Board of Studies (Criminology).


"What Brown reveals is a complex process of judgements about vulnerability, being shaped by moral and personal preferences, organizational classifications, wider service delivery pressures, and gendered dimensions. However, her book's central focus is an analysis of the life stories of the vulnerable young people themselves. . . . What the book does brilliantly is to give them voice, while revealing the complex adversities and multiple disadvantages they face as well as the interventions and factors that the young people considered to be helpful for them."--Jane Appleton, Oxford Brookes University "Times Higher Education"
"Through a careful, theoretically rigorous analysis, Brown interrogates policy directives and practices that have seemingly championed the rights and needs of vulnerable citizens."--Rory Crath, School for Social Work, Smith College "Journal of Children and Poverty"
"A really illuminating book on the contentious notion of vulnerability, and it should be read, debated, and brought to bear on service design and development."--Rory Crath, School for Social Work, Smith College "Research, Policy and Planning"
"A unique and compelling account of the implications of a 'vulnerability zeitgeist' and an important contribution to an area of public policy that is not as benign as it can appear."--Kenneth McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK "Research, Policy and Planning"
"Innovative, beautifully written, well researched, and eloquently argued. Finally a book that subjects the concept of 'vulnerability' to robust academic scrutiny, particularly in terms of the rise of its use to justify almost any type of intervention with children and young people. A must read for anyone interested in young people and social policy."--Jo Phoenix, Leicester University, UK "Research, Policy and Planning"
"This insightful and timely book by Kate Brown is an excellent addition to new, critical, qualitative research that explores and questions key issues in social policy."--Rob MacDonald, Teesside University, UK "Research, Policy and Planning"
"This essential book offers a groundbreaking study of the lived experience of vulnerability and its increasing importance to welfare and criminal justice systems, exploring fundamental questions of deservingness, human agency, care, governance, and social control."--John Flint, University of Sheffield, UK "Research, Policy and Planning"