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In Their Best Interests

Diplomacy, Ethics, and Competition in the French World of Adoption

Sébastien Roux

the morality of children migrations. According to the Convention, it was up to the parties involved to “cooperate” (Article 1) and to put in place the necessary provisions to ensure the good “morality” of transnational adoption. Largely, this involved

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Changes in Moral Values about the Family

Adoption Legislation in Norway and the US

Signe Howell

Legislation about personal behavior, such as family law, clearly manifests concerns about individual and relational rights and duties. With a focus on adoption laws in Norway and the US and on two international conventions (the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption), I examine different cultural values regarding childhood and parenthood, both historically and comparatively. Accompanying the recent growth of transnational adoption in Western Europe and North America, issues about what might constitute 'the best interest of the child' have become central in influential welfare circles of European countries that receive children in adoption and are reflected on a global level through the conventions.

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Anastasia Todd

unexpectedly disabled child is assuaged through the work of (re)producing the family as a happy object. (Re)consolidating and (re)occupying a conventional family structure is achieved through the transnational adoption of Alina. Ahmed argues that the family is

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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

: Routledge . 10.4324/9780203968857 Howell , Signe . 2006 . The Kinning of Foreigners: Transnational Adoption in a Global Perspective . New York : Berghahn Books . 10.2307/j.ctt1x76frr Howell , Signe . 2009 . “ Adoption of the Unrelated Child: Some

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L'adoption internationale

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

Yves Denéchère

: Transnational Adoption in a Global Perspective (New York, Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2006) ; Barbara Yngvesson, Belonging in an Adopted World : Race, Identity and Transnational Adoption (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010). 81 Verdier, L