Donzelot - social policy

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  • Donzelot - policing families
    • Sees policy as a form of state power over families
    • Argues that social workers, health visitors and doctors use their knowledge to control and change poorer families
      • e.g. state may seek to control and regulate family life by imposing compulsory parenting orders through courts
        • parents of young offenders, truants or badly behaved children - forced to attend parenting classes to learn the 'correct' way to bring up children
    • EVALUATION
      • MARXISTS  + FEMINISTS - criticise for failing to identify who benefits from such policies of surveillance
        • MARXIST - social policies generally operate in the interests of the capitalist class
        • FEMINIST - men are the main beneficiaries

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