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Roots, origins and backgrounds: An analysis of their meanings in the creation of adoptive families in Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 19, no 1, 115-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In international conventions as well as in the national discourses of many countries, children who do not grow up with their biogenetic parents have the right to receive information about their origin. The meaning of origin in intercountry adoption, however, is not necessarily the same as in artificial donor insemination (AID). Through an analysis of the material published by the Swedish Intercountry Adoption Authority from 1972 to 2004 and by discussing the often-drawn analogy between adoption and AID, the present article aims to investigate the varying meanings that have been ascribed to origin and the arguments that have been used in support of its importance.


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Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 19, no 1, 115-128 p.
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adoption, artificial reproduction, identity, origin
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75848DOI: 10.1177/0907568211409077ISI: 000300442200009OAI: diva2:509295
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