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The adopted child : family life with double parenthood

Author: Christa Hoffmann-Riem
Publisher: New Brunswick (U.S.A) London (U.K.) Transaction Publishers 2016.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christa Hoffmann-Riem
ISBN: 9781412862967 1412862965 088738241X 9780887382413
OCLC Number: 951333425
Description: xvii, 325 Seiten
Contents: ForewordPreface1. The Desire for a Child "We Wanted a Child" The Start of Marriage within the Framework of the Pattern of Normality The Trajectory of Denormalization The Decision to Adopt Adoption as the Unquestioned Next Step Doubts about the Decision to Adopt: Career as an Equivalent? The Female as the Driving Force behind the Decision to Adopt Adoption as the Second-Best Solution and Exceptions to the Rule The Significance of Social Motives Adoption in the Case of Voluntary Childlessness Notes2. The Adoption Placement Procedure Applicant Expectations and Placement Procedure Major Parameters of the Adoption Placement Procedure The Mutual Independence of "Supply" and "Demand" The Adoption Agency as the Legally Envisaged Intermediary between Supply and Demand The Adoption Agency as an Administrator of a Given Supply in a Situation of Growing Demand The Assessment of Adoptive Suitability as the Basis for Matching Supply and Demand The Confrontation of Applicants with the Adoption Agency's Pattern of Action at the Beginning of Adoption Placement Procedure The First Information Discussion The Information about Reality from the Perspective of the Adoption Agency The Missing Dialogue about Differing Perspectives of Reality The Function of Information Policy for Bureaucratic Placement Activity The Preliminary Decision about Adoptive Suitability by the Local Social Worker Initial Bureaucratic Selection and Initial Presentation of Self by Applicants The Social Worker's Visit to the Home of Adoption Applicants Initial Applicant Observations on the Subject of Bureaucracy and the Aspect of Time The Decision by the Adoption Counselor on Adoptive SuitabilityThe Communication Situation during the Determination of General Adoptive Suitability Applicant Uncertainty and a Tendency to Engage in Strategic Interaction Applicant Uncertainty and the Specification of the Desired Child along Various Attributive Dimensions Applicant Uncertainty Increased by the Procedural Administrator and the Tendency to Engage in Strategic Interaction Applicant Certainty and No Cause to Engage in Strategic Interaction Applicant Uncertainty and an Inability to Engage in Strategic Interaction The Communication Situation after the Determination of General Adoptive Suitability The Principle of Chance in Adoption Placement The Traces of Social Status during Adoption Placement Reference to the "Human Side" of Adoption Procedure Notes3. The Status Passage from Applicant for a Child to Mother and Father "We Have a Child for You" The Limitations of Notification over the Phone The Specification of the Adoption Offer The Decision to See the Child The Phase Preceding the First Encounter The Indeterminacy of the Child The Act of Choosing Establishing an Emotional Bond The First Face-to-Face Encounter Making the Child One's Own From the Immediate Affection Aroused by a Baby to the Reserved Response to an Older Child The Affective Potential of a Baby The Affective Potential of a Toddler The Reserved Response Triggered by the Older Child Differences in the Intensity and Rhythm of Emotional Interaction by the Prospective Adoptive Parents Motherhood Fixation and Motherly Feelings The Differing Rhythm of Emotional Interaction of Men and Women From the Immediate Acceptance of the Child to the Momentum of Emotional Involvement Notes4. The Constitution of the Adoptive Family: Emotionality and Awareness From Strangeness to Familiarity: Emotional Normalization The Moment of Emotional Normalization in Narrative Accounts Emotional Normalization When Adopting a Baby Emotional Normalization When Adopting a Toddler Emotional Normalization When Adopting an Older Child Limited Emotional Normalization in the Narrative Accounts Living with the Artificial Status Passage: Structuring the Awareness Context Structuring the Awareness Context towards Interaction Partners Outside of the Nuclear Family Structuring the Awareness Context towards the Adopted Child The Significance of the Awareness of Origin from the Point of View of the Adoptive Parents The Biological Disclosure The Social Disclosure The Significance of the Awareness of Origin from the Point of View of the Adopted Child Structuring the Awareness Context towards Oneself The Interdependence of the Structuring of the Awareness Contexts towards the Various Interaction Partners Emotionality and Awareness: The Preference for the Open Awareness Context Notes5. A Number of Special Aspects of the Construction of Biography and Identity in the Adoptive Family The Child's Name The Reconstruction of the Past The Reconstruction Work by the Adoptive Parents The Reconstruction Work by the Adopted Child The Construction of Resemblance Notes6. Outlook NotesAppendix Theoretical and Methodological Framework of the Adoption Study Theoretical Background The Use of the Narrative Interview and the Composition of the Interviewee Group Objectives and Methods of Data Evaluation Notes TablesBibliographyName Index
Other Titles: Das adoptierte Kind
Responsibility: Christa Hoffmann-Riem ; with a foreword by Anselm Strauss.

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-Based on a qualitative study of 30 adoptive families in West Germany, the book is organized sequentially from the decision to adopt and work with the placing agency through the lifelong processes of Read more...

 
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