Epilogue: Actions for Dangerous Times

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Contemporary public policy actions call for an increase in research that is critically analytic, and for the sharing of public policy knowledges globally. Questions must be constructed regarding power and materiality, assumptions about people that underlie policies, and ways that ideology, negotiation, and even (what would appear to be) bipartisan, inclusionary actions influence the social relations that lead to policy. Collaborative critical analyses, the development of critical research questions and practices, and new forms of public dissemination methods and actions are necessary. The following represent specific critical social science possibilities:

* Increase and share globally knowledge of powers, and ways to challenge those powers, that are already controlling (i.e., hypercapitalist economics, competitive business practices, patriarchal orientations that include religious patriarchy);

* Construct a moral, political vision that respects diversity, the sharing of power, and communication with everyone;

* Create dedicated and active collaborations that focus broadly and critically on the construction of policies (whether legislated, institutionally enforced, or imposed through various societal discourses) regarding children and their families always asking the questions: Whose agenda is this? Who is helped? Who is hurt?

* Develop and explore new critical research methods in which families/communities/children are research partners (e.g., exploring methods that decolonize, generating poststructural policy analysis methods);

* Conduct critical examinations of the effects of policy on families/communities/children around the world (e. …