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Global families, inequality and transnational adoption : the de-kinning of first mothers

Author: Riitta Högbacka
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2016
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This book looks at the simultaneous processes of making and un-making of families that are part of the adoption practice. Global Families, Inequality and Transnational Adoption will be of interest  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Högbacka, Riitta.
Global families, inequality and transnational adoption.
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
(DLC) 2016956480
(OCoLC)934194292
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Riitta Högbacka
ISBN: 9781137524768 1137524766
OCLC Number: 970041770
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 282 pages)
Contents: Dedication ; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Tables; 1: Introduction: The Global in the Family; Africa as a Rising Continent of Origin; Inequality, Global Power Dynamics and Transnational Adoption; Researching Agency in the Global North and South; A White Adoptive Mother Interviewing Black First Mothers; Chapters to Come; 2: Adoption and Family in the Global North and South; The Institution of Adoption; Adoption in Finland; Adoption in South Africa; The Socio-Economic Context of Adoption; Families in a Nordic Welfare State: Affluent but Desperate to Have Children The Polarisation of Families in Post-Apartheid South Africa Family Systems in the Global North and South; The Exclusive Family of the Global North: A Child Belongs to One Set of Parents; The Inclusive Family of the Global South: The Child Belongs to Its Kin; 3: The Making of the Adoptive Family: Choosing Family; Wanted: An Exclusive Family of One's Own; Means-ends Rationality and 'Market Talk'; Exercising Agency; Competing; Optimising Choices; Domesticity and 'Family Talk'; Staying at Home; Freedom from Necessity; Entitlement and the 'Superior' Family of the Global North Kinning and De-kinning as Connected4: The Un-Making of the Family of Origin: Adoption Social Workers as Intermediaries; 'We Can't in Any Way Encourage Mothers to Keep'; 'Overseas Parents Are Amazing'; 'The Girl Must Choose'; 'If Your Circumstances Don't Change'; 'We Are Looking for Families for Our Children'; Conclusion; 5: First Mothers' Stunted Choices; Cruel Trade-Offs and Vital Inequality; Having No Choice; HIV, Unequal Life Chances and the Need for Temporary Solutions; Trade-Offs Between Education and Reproduction: Schoolgirls and Their Mothers Agency and Constraints in Fragile Economic Situations Giving the Child to 'Better' Parents; Lacking Social Support; Breaking Down the Extended Family: Missing Mothers; The Disappearing (and Reappearing) Genetic Father; More-or-Less Coerced Separations; 6: Inequality Among First Mothers: The Power of Resources; Choosing Adoption; A Bright Future; Emotional Coping Takes Precedence Over Financial Reasoning; Escaping from the 'Nobody' Group; Keeping the Baby; 'They Could Keep the Baby Until I'm Ready to Get Him Back'; 'It Would Be Unfair for Me to Give My Child Away' From Life on the Streets to Motherhood Resources and Women's Agency; 7: Re-Making Family: The Struggle Over Belonging; Creating Exclusive Belonging; Adopters and the 'Forever Child'; First Mothers and the 'Returning Child'; Thinking About the Child; Wanting to Stay in Touch; Expecting the Child to Return; 'I Just Want to Forget, I Just Want to Give Birth and Just Go'; Linear Versus Circular Movement; 8: Contact Over Time; Guilt, Compassion and Empathic Identification; 'My Child' Versus 'Our Child'; 'I Feel as if Someone Is Just Looking After Them for Me'
Other Titles: De-kinning of first mothers
Responsibility: Riitta Högbacka.

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