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Unpublished Paper
Imbrication of legal and expert discourses on monoparental adoptive processes
(2012)
  • Raquel Medina Plana, University of California, Berkeley
Abstract

Long and complex, international adoption processes can be seen as constituting a set of performative practices which involve strategies of transmission/ incorporation of culture, implying the construction of relational identities or subjectivities. With an “educational” drive, and a strong uniformity aspiration, the relevant institutions would be constructing a unified kind of adoptive parenthood, not just in their public dimension but also on the more intimate identity configuration level: the emotional life, affections, expectations, personal history… (Borrillo and Pitois-Etienne, 2004). When confronted with “non-traditional” family projects (as it is the case with monoparental adoption), adoptive processes perform a strong governmental control oriented to the normalization of these families, with their disempowering as a side-effect. My paper studies the role of courts in the performance of this control, as it appears in the existing jurisprudence on the denegation of Adoptive Idoneity Certificates, needed for adoptive elegibility.

Keywords
  • Gender,
  • Courts,
  • Expert discourse
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Raquel Medina Plana. "Imbrication of legal and expert discourses on monoparental adoptive processes" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/raquel_medinaplana/1/