A critical neuro-geography of behaviourally - and neuroscientifically - informed public policy

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Amidst the growing enthusiasm for the application of behavioural insights from behavioural economics, psychology and the neurosciences in social policy, there has been a shift in emphasis from structural, through individuated and towards neuromolecular scales of explanation for social problems. This chapter explores the background to, mechanisms of, and political ramifications of such a shift. It traces continuities between behavioural and neuroscientifically-informed public policy through analysis of international and supra-national policy documentation. The chapter develops an approach to ‘critical neuro- geography’ which sheds new light on the strategic importance of scalar claims and other spatialities to forms of governance targeted at the mind, body and soul.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Spatial Social Policy
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy
EditorsAdam Whitworth
Publication statusPublished - 2019