‘Homework’ and transnational adoption screening in Spain: the co-production of home and family

Jessaca B. Leinaweaver, Diana Marre, Susan E. Frekko

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Abstract

© Royal Anthropological Institute 2017 We use the transnational adoption screening process as a lens for examining the co-production of the home and the family in Spain. We propose the term ‘homework’ to describe the efforts of adoption applicants to perform an appropriate home and thus receive approval to adopt. The transnational adoption screening process is a key site of state-individual interaction for communicating a set of classed, gendered norms. Through that process, participants ratify the authority of professionals to distinguish between adequate and inadequate ways to live. As such, our analysis demonstrates how moral authority is ascribed to material objects, as we document the strong link between ‘appropriate’ housing and growing families as an explanatory factor for the demographic effects of economic crises.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-579
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

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