Tangled Narratives of Poverty in Early Childhood – Othering, Work, Welfare and ‘Curveballs'

Lyndon, Sandra (2019) Tangled Narratives of Poverty in Early Childhood – Othering, Work, Welfare and ‘Curveballs'. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. ISSN 1759-8273

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Abstract

Early years practitioners are integral to government policy on addressing child poverty in the UK. Drawing on findings from a qualitative study this paper seeks to contribute new understandings about how practitioners’ narratives are shaped by discourses of poverty. Overall practitioners’ understandings of poverty reflected a moral discourse of deserving and undeserving poor. However, the complexity of interconnections between morality, gender and motherhood (and fatherhood) reveals how understandings were also broad, nuanced and at times contradictory. The study highlights the need for further research into how understandings of poverty are formed together with the need for new narratives of poverty.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Lyndon, S. (2019) Tangled Narratives of Poverty in Early Childhood – Othering, Work, Welfare and ‘Curveballs' is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/175982719X15626279221341
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early Childhood; Families; Narrative; Poverty; Practitioners, Sociology and Political Science, Public Administration
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Departments > Childhood and Youth
Depositing User: Sandra Lyndon
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2020 00:10
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4756

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