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Everyday Encounters in Children’s Centres: placing women’s participation

This on-going research has started in 2009 and examined interactions and identifications in Children’s Centres in Oxford.
January 2009 - December 2010

Investigator: Ellie Jupp (OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

The research seeks to understand how far interactions and identifications at Childrens Centres are framed by rationalities of parenting policy and how far by other dynamics of collective life including friendship, locality and community activism.

It has explored the experiences of both staff and users in a range of settings with different relationships with policy agendas. The project also links with earlier PhD research on women’s activism in deprived neighbourhoods in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, which looked at the intersections between community organising and policy frameworks seeking to enable ‘participation’. Ellie is currently planning to update this research in the light of shifting policy context and welfare reform.

Image: "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Son in the Tub" by MAJ Aaron Haney, c/o US Army, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Learn more about the research programme: Intimate Relationships