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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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What Approval Means

What Approval Means

(p.97) 5 What Approval Means
The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Bruno Perreau

Deke Dusinberre

The MIT Press

Chapter five examines the whole approval process; it analyses the moral registers on which social workers rely when justifying their choice of “good” prospective adopters. It shows that an applicant’s homosexuality is accepted only by the youngest social workers, and only in so far as it appears comparable to heterosexual parenthood. It also discusses the rhetoric of social risk that induces the people surveyed to depreciate what is in fact the core function of their job. Finally, chapter 5 analyses the approval process from the standpoint of applicants: do they approach the process strategically? What kind of social recognition do they hope to derive from the approval process? How do they position themselves at the intersection of several categories?

Keywords:   Candidates for adoption, Homosexuality, Single candidates, Gender stereotypes, Moral justification of adoption, Age, Difference between the sexes, Intersectionality, Personal narratives

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