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Toward a Sociology of Adoption: HistoricalDeconstruction
Toward a sociology of adoption: Historical deconstruction
Chapter Overview

This chapter explores adoption with the aid of a wide-angle, sociologicallens. With a few important exceptions (Berebitsky, 2002; Fiegelman &Silverman, 1983; Fisher, 2003; Pertman, 2000), the current, growing body ofscholarly literature presents adoption and related practices of temporaryfoster care from the epistemological position of individual actors in arelated triad (i.e., adopted persons, adoptive parents, and biologicalparents). While important and necessary, explored in this way, our currenttapestry of knowledge is framed and informed primarily by the research andexpertise of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and adoptionprofessionals, many of whom have contributed to this Handbook. Fisher (2003) reminds us, however, that because thesestudies so often use clinical populations or personal experiences, they aremore likely to ...

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