Chapter four explores the way child welfare agencies function in France. It shows that social workers, although they play a central role institutionally speaking, are dependent on outside expertise. Such expertise has brought with it the concept of “parenthood,” which has become the be-all and end-all of approval for adoption and the placement of a child. Erected into the status of a principle, the notion of parenthood has allowed social workers to pose as gatekeepers, thereby legitimizing their role in an administrative realm in which they find themselves in a position of weakness, structurally speaking. The second half of the chapter traces the emergence of the notion of parenthood itself, showing how it contributed to the naturalization of gender roles, notably in the media.
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