The silences of the Spanish adoption

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse why more than ten years after transnational adoption began in Spain, the "silences" that impede to talk about the adoption triad -biological and adoptive families and adopted children-, which is in fact about multimothering, infringe the rights of adoptees. A way to this analysis is looking at certain forms of symbolic and euphemistic violence towards women who delay motherhood and have to go for assisted reproduction and/or international adoption. A violence that is also exercised on women who give or who are asked to give their children because their "inadequacy" for motherhood, through a hegemonic discourse of silence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-126
JournalRevista de Antropologia Social
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Assisted reproduction technologies
  • Childhood
  • Filiations
  • Hegemonic discourse
  • Multimotherhood
  • Symbolic and euphemistic violence

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