Defending what matters about private and public life


I am a researcher, writer and lecturer, based in London. As a sociologist with a strong interest in family life, I have conducted research into contemporary single living, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, the regulation of fertility treatment, and the uses and abuses of biological thinking. I am interested in the way we turn to ‘risk thinking’ as a way of making life meaningful – rather than making moral or ethical judgements about what we, or others, should do, we tend to turn to safety, health and the minimisation of risk as values to guide our choices.

My book, Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life, challenges the rise of neuroparenting – the argument that new knowledge emerging from neuroscience can tell us how to raise our children.

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