Battle for the Family
The solution to every social problem these days seems to be to look at the family. One proposed strategy to prevent knife crime is to introduce parenting lessons; every six-year-old in the country is being weighed and measured - with letters sent home to inform parents if their child is overweight. Why has the family become such a focus of social policy, and how credible are the theories behind such interventions? What effect does it have on families, and society as a whole, when parents are deemed to be responsible for everything, while seemingly trusted to do nothing right?
"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India