«We are equal to any other family… we believe in our true parenthood and the authenticity of our families». Adoptive families in the new family structure models

María José Rodríguez Jaume, María José González Río

Abstract

In this article we tackle the meaning of the adoptive family from the analysis of the adoptive Spanish mothers and fathers’ speech. In a context empty of adoptive culture, adoptive families publish narrations to be valued as «normal», while as the same time, due to an absence of reference models, they define their family model, blurring the lines of the familiar archetype established. Starting from the biographical method, we apply a double sociological exercise of (1) ideological deconstruction of the hegemonic family model, from the (2) construction of the meaning that adoptive parents bestow upon their family. The postmodern family theories and the poststructuralist feminist ones demarcate the critical analysis of the speech with a gender perspective.

Keywords

International adoption; Adoptive family; Personal documents; Poststructuralist feminism; Postmodern family

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2014.23.07





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