Expertise and forms of knowledge in the government of families
Murphy, Elizabeth (2003) Expertise and forms of knowledge in the government of families. Sociological Review, 51 (4). pp. 433-462. ISSN 0038-0261
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This paper examines the relationship between the state and the individual in relation to an aspect of mundane family life – the feeding of babies and young children. The nutritional status of children has long been a matter of national concern and infant feeding is an aspect of family life that has been subjected to substantial state intervention. It exemplifies the imposition upon women the ‘biologico-moral responsibility’ for the welfare of children (Foucault 1991b).
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