Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Intervening in people's lives : New Labour's social capital agenda within Sure Start
Author: Williams, Louise
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Sure Start became the cornerstone of New Labour's policy to tackle social exclusion and was also seen as a method of nurturing social capital in disadvantaged communities. Drawing on an ethnographic study of Greenwell Sure Start, this thesis takes a critical look at how New Labour attempted-to engender a functionalist approach to social capital which ignored the culture and power already present in the community. Whilst my thesis highlights parental agency and voice, parents have relatively little power. The semi-structured interviews carried out highlighted the voice, of Green well Sure Start staff, who appeared to find themselves positioned between the functionalist social capital of New Labour and the culture and history of Greenwell. It is argued that New Labour ignored the history and culture of Greenwell in an attempt to impose its own values and thus eradicate social exclusion. By imposing values and setting targets for Sure Start, New Labour moved towards an employment agenda and can be seen as 'steering' rather than working with or 'rowing' with the community. The research findings highlight differences between New Labour's social capital agenda and the social capital knowledge and values held by the Greenwell community. The positioning of Greenwell Sure Start staff affected the nurturing of social capital. Bonding social capital held by certain parents prevented wider participation in Sure Start. New Labour's promotion of employment through the use of social capital in GreenweIl Sure Start ignored the perspectives of parents and did not encourage parental labour market participation. I argue that the above factors led to a lack of parental engagement with the Greenwell Sure Start initiative.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available