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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(1), 9;

Hybridity: A Theory of Agency in Early Childhood Governance

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Academic Editor: Jerry D. Marx
Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 8 February 2016 / Accepted: 10 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
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Contemporary social science research concerning governance tends to take an institutional perspective that privileges structural analysis. The resulting body of literature has an emphasis on classification, typologies and regimes. This approach has been criticized on the basis that it neglects the role of agency and context when research concerns complex and heterogeneous community governance cases. An emerging literature on hybridity in social services aims to address the limitations of structural accounts by acknowledging that diverse logics, ideas, and norms influence the way community based social services resist or adapt in turbulent policy environments. This article considers the strengths and limitations of hybridity in development of a research framework incorporating structure, agency and ideas. The relevance of hybridity theory for the Kids in Communities study—an Australian research project investigating neighborhood influences on child development across multiple case study sites—is evaluated. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance; hybridity; early childhood; social services governance; hybridity; early childhood; social services
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