New Labour's teenage pregnancy policy: constituting knowing responsible citizens?
Cultural Studies, 21(6) pp. 952–973.
This chapter explores the changing governmental approach to the problem of teenage pregnancy in the UK. It argues that there has been a shift from moral traditionalism towards individualized approaches based on promoting responsibility, agency and prudent choice-making. New Labour's approach to teenage pregnancy marks a decisive turning point in governmental regulation, documenting the failure of previous approaches and establishing three distinctive discursive strategies: risk management through knowledge acquisition; constituting active knowing welfare citizens; reconstituting blame. The paper ends by examining how this approach forms part of New Labour's combined and contradictory project of 'modernizing the social' and 'remoralizing welfare'.
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