Brave New Brains: Sociology, Family and the Politics of Knowledge


In this podcast from The Sociological Review, Mark Carrigan talks to Val Gillies and Rosalind Edwards about their paper “Brave New Brains: Sociology, Family and the Politics of Knowledge,” co-authored with Nicola Horsley, which won The Sociological Review award for Outstanding Scholarship 2016.

“What’s this sort of flirtation, if you like, between sociology and social darwinism? … Biology sort of offers people certainty — I also think it’s fueled by funding, as well. There is this idea that if you can discover biological reasons, something about people’s brains or their genes, that somehow then you can start intervening in order to put that right and create the sort of citizens you want.”

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