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The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship
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The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Bruno Perreau

Abstract

The Politics of Adoption argues that adoption is not a mere family question. It conveys a model of citizenship. Policies, jurisprudence, and social work define an ideal image of parenthood in the hope to better control the making of future citizens. In a context of laws and debates on bioethics, this model is more and more infused with representations of the fertile body. Adoptive parents are thus expected to behave as if they were biological parents. The Politics of Adoption maintains that gay marriage and adoption were controversial in Francebecausethey questioned the epistemological system ... More

Keywords: France, Adoption, Bioethics, Parenthood, Gay rights, Gender, Risk theory, Social work, European jurisprudence, Immigration laws and filiation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027229
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027229.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruno Perreau, author
MIT