The market in children: Analysing the language of adoption in Australia
Quartly, Marian and Swain, Shurlee. (2012) The market in children: Analysing the language of adoption in Australia. History Australia. 9(2), pp. 69 - 89.
|Authors||Quartly, Marian and Swain, Shurlee|
Advocates of adoption in Australia have consistently argued that regulation ensures the practice remains a service for rather than a market in children. This article contests such a view, arguing that its claims to benevolence disguise the assumption that has driven most adoption reforms: that prospective adoptive parents have a right to a child. Left unquestioned, this assumption elides the differences that should be maintained between the interests of adopting parents and the children they adopt. It also erases the interests of the birth parents, creating tensions that are still evident in the practice of both in-country and inter-country adoption.
|Journal citation||9 (2), pp. 69 - 89|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Australasia|
|Page range||69 - 89|
|Research Group||School of Arts|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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