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"Det adopterade barnet": Konstruktionen av adoptivbarn i barnlitteratur
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"The Adopted Child" : The Construction of Adoptees in Children's Literature (English)
Abstract [en]

With the increasing number of adoptees in Sweden, so has the amount of literature regarding different aspects of adoption. The aim of this study is to explore the construction of adoptees in children's literature. It takes on a social constructionism view, by regarding language as a narrative tool in which human beings construct versions of different phenomenon. By exploring the different discourses in the data within the context adoption, we can identify different versions of "the adopted child" and their needs as it is constructed in the literature. Also, by putting them in a bigger context, we are allowed to see the social structures and the discursive conditions that allow a certain child perspective of "the adopted child" to take place. Therefore, this study also explores aspects and discourses within the context adoption such as ethnicity, race and adoptees relations to the past.

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social constructionism, narrative, discourse, adoption, adoptees, child perspective, children's literature
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90925OAI: diva2:632974
Available from: 2013-08-05 Created: 2013-06-14 Last updated: 2013-08-05Bibliographically approved

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