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The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship$
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Bruno Perreau

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027229

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027229.001.0001

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The Multiple Meanings of Adoption

The Multiple Meanings of Adoption

(p.1) 1 The Multiple Meanings of Adoption
The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Bruno Perreau

Deke Dusinberre

The MIT Press

This chapter reviews the complex history of adoption since antiquity. It shows that only in recent decades has adoption been used to create families—it was long employed primarily to hand over political power and wealth, yet also to allow for an exchange of children within a village community, and sometimes even to celebrate conjugal ties. Furthermore, the characteristics of modern adoptive families are themselves new—adoptive families are, on average, better educated, more urban, and display smaller age difference between parents. The first chapter ends with a comparison of adoption systems in Europe and the rest of the world.

Keywords:   History of Adoption, Christianism, Political power, Community, Social Background, Adoptive parents, Adoption in Europe, Adoption worldwide

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