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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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Children of the Nation

Children of the Nation

(p.111) 6 Children of the Nation
The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Bruno Perreau

Deke Dusinberre

The MIT Press

Chapter six shows that children in France are viewed above all as the nation’s offspring even before being considered the children of their own parents. This chapter discusses how adoption is directly linked to citizenship, and show that adoption is a metaphor of belonging that not only weighs on immigration policies but is also determined by such policies. It questions the status of children, whether adopted or not, as firstly and always foreign to their families. From this standpoint, all kinship is adoptive. When viewed thus, kinship opens the way to the idea of strangeness in childhood, and challenges the alleged sovereignty of parents over children. Chapter six furthermore offers a critique of national governance that, overly concerned to anticipate an uncertain future, leaves little room for the exercise of individual free will.

Keywords:   Citizenship, Immigration, Race, Intercountry adoption, Postcolonialism, Queer kinship, Governance for the future

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