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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

Historical Milestones In 1993, Judith Tucker complained about the ‘neglect of serious research’ on the family in Arab countries, which she attributed to the Orientalistic assumption that the Arab family ‘is one monolithic institution’ as

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The colour of family happiness

Adoption and the racial distribution of children in contemporary France

Sébastien Roux

In France, the notion of ‘race’ – which echoes both (post‐)colonialist discourses and a long history of state‐regulated racism – is itself usually publicly inexpressible, despite its implicit presence that nonetheless saturates public debates. However, in some specific cases, such as transnational adoption, the verbalisation of racial preferences and desires is encouraged by social workers and family experts as a means to prevent racism. This article aims to analyse the kind of practical institutional framing that produces and supports such verbalisation, and to explore its consequences with respect to the definition of racial hierarchies. Hence, instead of considering the preference of skin colour as a pre‐established parental desire that informs the racial distribution of children, I suggest focusing on the French case to analyse the racialisation of familial desires produced and the apparatus that frames adoption. Thus, by concentrating on the governance of family intimacy, this article aims to question the social dynamics that construct race as a meaningful performative category requiring professional expertise and action, that allow its public expression and that even facilitate the verbalisation of racial preferences in an institutional context supposedly defined by colour‐blindness.

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Miriam Shadis

Wills and testaments have provided historians such as the late Shona Kelly Wray with access to the daily, social, and inner lives of medieval people: their ambitions, their family structures, the material conditions of their lives, their thoughts

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Social orphans and the neblagopoluchnaia family

The cycle of child displacement in the Russian north

Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

Due to profound socioeconomic and political changes in post-Soviet Russia, the number of families viewed as neblagopoluchnye and 'unfit' for bringing up their children is increasing, and so is the number of children without parental care. To protect children from the harmful influence of their 'unfit' parents and to ensure a better future for them, state agents remove children from their families placing them in residential care institutions. Yet the nature of parenting in state care, the absence of inter-generational support and the lack of networks for family support and assistance render some of these young people ill equipped to deal successfully with the difficulties and uncertainties of post-Soviet social realities. Usually the state agents hold care-leavers responsible for their maladjustment and place the former residents' children in residential care institutions. This leads to the creation of whole 'dynasties' of institutionalised individuals. This article outlines some concepts and practices of child removal, demonstrating that both are still underpinned by Soviet values. Institutional experiences as narrated by former residents illustrate the genesis of difficulties in post-institutional adjustment.

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Interfaith Families

A Christian Perspective

Ulrike Dross-Gehring

Last summer, when I was asked to give the introductory talk on the theme of ‘interfaith families’ from a Christian perspective, my first reaction was: but I'm not an expert! So, I'm neither a theologian nor a sociologist, and I can't give a highly

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Interfaith Families

A Muslim Perspective – Part II

Halima Krausen

I could now add my own story of how I grew up in the tension field between Protestant and Catholic family members and in the shadows of recent German history, or the years as the only Muslim teenager in my school in the 1960s, or of my years in

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Family on the Edge

Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation

Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

This article is about a category of family, or parent(s), called in Russia neblagopoluchnaia and the ways in which the state child welfare agents reproduce and use this category in an attempt to ensure the well-being of children in Yakutsk

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The Nuclear/Nuclear Family

Moralities of Intimacy under COVID-19

Petra Tjitske Kalshoven

wreak on the British Isles. Bereft of my usual forms of intimacy, I mused on processes of social fission and fusion 1 and found that the concept of the nuclear family, taken in two senses of the term, suited me as a prism for a modest comparative

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L'adoption internationale

Un facteur d'évolution de la morphologie familiale (1945–1985)

Yves Denéchère

, 1978), 159–168. 61 Sébastien Roux, « The Colour of Family Happiness : Adoption and the Racial Distribution of Children in Contemporary France », Social Anthropology 4 (2017) : 504–529, . 62 « Les enfants

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A Bar Mitzvah Year

Rethinking Ritual

Ilana Korber

’s response was a deeply emotional one. He felt that I could not begin to understand what it meant to be a circumcised man. He was not about to put a stop to a tradition he shared with his father and generations of his family. He would feel unable to bond with