Enacting parenting policy? The hybrid spaces of Sure Start Children's Centres

Jupp, Eleanor (2013). Enacting parenting policy? The hybrid spaces of Sure Start Children's Centres. Children's Geographies, 11(2) pp. 173–187.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2013.779449

Abstract

This article draws on research in three UK Sure Start Children's Centres which explored them as particular kinds of spaces, with the intention of understanding how policy imperatives and discourses interact with other dynamics. The role of the material spaces of the buildings, of ambivalent interactions of users with staff, and friendship groups among users are seen as key to understanding the centre as a ‘hybrid’ space in which policy intentions were exceeded by other aspects of everyday life. This has implications not only for understanding policy programmes in action, but also for how academic analysis and theory positions itself in relation to these spaces.

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