Exploring Family-Based Intervention Mechanisms as a Form of Statecraft

  • Emily Ball


This chapter is based on PhD research that explores the use of family intensive interventions that aim to change the behaviour of ‘problematic’ families. The findings indicate that the relationship dynamics between service users and agencies is more complex and nuanced than common academic critiques of governance and social control. By applying the findings to Wacquant’s extensive work on the marrying of social and penal policy, the chapter argues these nuances are not always acknowledged by Wacquant. Although, the findings are in harmony with Wacquant’s argument that punitive tools (rather than supportive mechanisms) used to influence behaviour can have profound effects on the lives of society’s most marginalised families and raises ethical implications about the onwards direction of welfare policy.


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  • Emily Ball
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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