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Title: What (else) matters? Policy contexts, emotional geographies
Authors: Horton, John
Kraftl, Peter
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Pion
Citation: Environment and Planning A, 2009, 41 (12), pp. 2984-3002
Abstract: In this paper we reflect upon a particular, policy-oriented evaluation of a Sure Start Centre: a small element of a UK government programme addressing children's well-being in ‘deprived’ neighbourhoods. Specifically, and contra some chief social-scientific accounts, we seek to acknowledge how ‘policy’ and ‘emotion’ were inseparable in this project. We suggest that policy and media discourses, and much extant research, regarding Sure Start have been characterised by a particular apprehension of what matters, which constitutes a particular assumption about how policy interventions, in ‘deprived’ neighbourhoods and elsewhere, should be evaluated. In marked contrast we propound qualitative data wherein users of the Sure Start Centre articulated how this facility mattered to them. Our aim is not simply to reiterate a twofold truism: policy is always emotional; emotions are latently political. Rather, we consider how, in the wake of this truism, more combinative, open-minded encounters between bodies of social-scientific endeavours conventionally labelled ‘policy relevant’ vis-à-vis ‘theoretical’ might yield more careful apprehensions of the emotion and affect in policy, and the politics of emotions and affects.
DOI Link: 10.1068/a41362
ISSN: 0308-518X
eISSN: 1472-3409
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009, Pion Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: John Horton and Peter Kraftl, 2009. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 41 (12), pp. 2984-3002, 2009, DOI 10.1068/a41362.
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