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In this Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Professorial Lecture, Professor Val Gillies will explore the history of morally-infused ideas and policies about intervention in the family to shape children's upbringing, for the sake of the nation’s future.

Such notions are underpinned by the influential proposition that undesirable attitudes, actions and a propensity for deprivation are transmitted through the generations via the mind of the child. Parenting and familial experiences can, in turn, determine national prospects, through the personality, character and behaviour that filters down to their progeny.

Val will consider how state interventions have sought to harness this conviction over time. She will also explore how understandings of the role of parents and the family have adjusted, to fit the political and cultural contours of the day.

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Regent Street foyer.

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