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Ideals of parenting and childhood in the contact zone of intercountry adoption: Assessment of second-time adoption applicants in Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4427-3321
2015 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 22, no 4, 474-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intercountry adoption is a global phenomenon, a contact zone in which notions of ‘good parents’ and ‘the child’s best interest’ are negotiated. This article explores what norms of parenthood and childhood Sweden, as a receiving country, communicates in the global flow of children and ideas. Adoption assessment reports are examined, with a focus on how adoption applicants are portrayed and how ‘good parents’ are thereby construed. The analysis demonstrates how certain qualities, for example, being loving, self-sacrificing and child-centred, are ascribed to applicants, and how the presentation of ‘good parents’ also defines a proper childhood.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 22, no 4, 474-489 p.
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Adoption assessment, childhood, globalization, intercountry adoption, parenting ideals, social categorization
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113592DOI: 10.1177/0907568214566077ISI: 000364734500005OAI: diva2:783135
Förälder godkänd. Normer för familj och föräldraskap i utredning och bedömning av adoptionssökande.
Swedish Research Council, 70201801
Available from: 2015-01-23 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2015-12-07Bibliographically approved

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