Past and present editors of Children and Society have included Richard Freeman’s ‘Recursive politics: prevention, modernity and social systems’ in a commemorative special issue to mark 25 years of the journal…

This paper was first published in 1999, and is derived from doctoral work carried out ten years before that. In their introduction to the special issue, the editors describe it as ‘probably unique in its attempt to provide a critical and conceptual assessment of the [idea of prevention] and to locate it in wider debates and developments in social theory’.

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