Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.
On this week's programme
A lost avant garde:
Laurie Taylor examines the tension between art & money in the contemporary art museum. He talks to Matti Bunzl, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, and author of a study which takes a rare look behind the scenes of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. He found that a commitment to new and difficult work came into conflict with an imperative for growth, leading to an excessive focus on the entertaining and profitable.
Recent years have seen claims about children's brains becoming central to child health & welfare policies. Pam Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, Birmingham, argues that this has led to a simplistic construction of the child and one which claims parenting to be the main factor in child development.
This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 11th March 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.