Crafting the Emerging English Welfare State – Birmingham Local Education Authorities Interventions 1948-1963

Room M35 - Third Mezzanine Floor, School of Education Building R19
Research, Social Sciences, Students
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 (12:00-13:00)
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Jo Thomas
Tel 0121 415 8240

Dr Christian Ydesen is a visiting scholar from Aalborg University in  Denmark.

Using Pierre Bourdieu and Loïc Wacquant’s concept of state as a bureaucratic field and the Birmingham LEA as an empirical and historical case I will throw light on the space and range of professionals, organizations, movements, and technologies that played central parts in the successful establishment of schools as social administrators in England during the constitutive years of English welfare state formation. The influential children acts of 1948 and 1963 serve as demarcators of the period treated. I will use the presentation to present my preliminary findings and analysis of how the historical governing practices in evidence developed and how the concomitant practices of evaluation and corrective interventions were justified and what their repercussions were for the ‘deviating' children and families at the receiving end.

All welcome