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Adoption and Fostering

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Alber, Erdmute ; Martin, Jeannett:
Adoption and Fostering.
In: Callan, Hilary (ed.): The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. - Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons Inc , 2018 . - pp. 1-6
ISBN 978-0-470-65722-5

Abstract in another language

This entry offers an overview and critical account of adoption and fostering. It delineates the worldwide evidence and variability of these phenomena, as well as the limits of the analytical concepts. It summarizes various theoretical approaches toward child fostering and adoption and outlines the current research. It questions the distinction drawn in the research between child fostering, mainly related to practices in “traditional,” “non‐Western” societies, and adoption, mainly related to “modern,” “Western” societies. The authors conclude that fostering and adoption as lived practices will not cease to exist, while models of parenthood are being questioned and reinterpreted all over the world.

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Item Type: Entry in an encyclopaedia
Keywords: Adoption; child fostering; children; kinship and social organization; parenting; social and cultural anthropology
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology > Chair Social Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2018 07:33
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 09:36