Recognising Adoptee Relationships

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    With a triadic perspective, this autoethnographic narrative explores the temporal, situated nature of interactions between the author as an adoptee with her adult adopted children as well as those between herself and her birth father and mother.

    The epiphanic adoptive family narratives that are foregrounded seek to deepen and challenge understanding of how kinship affinities are experienced. The autoethnographic narratives are written in a critical, evocative style which is valuable for two reasons. Firstly, the processes of reflexive self-introspection, self-observation and dialogue with relational others has established a critical connection, between recognising and responding to kinship affinities and personal growth. Secondly, lying at the intersection of the self and other this narrative contributes to deepening insights around epistemic in/justice in adoptive kinship.

    This book will be of interest to educators and scholars of adoption in offering an insider perspective on unique family relationships as well as how the author undertakes critical evocative autoethnography. Adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents will also find the narratives in Part II of this book of particular interest in informing an understanding of kin relationships and how these may be subject to change over time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages134
    ISBN (Print)ISBN 9780367466886
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Advances in Sociology


    • adoption
    • affinities
    • Autoethnography
    • recognition
    • misrecognition
    • microaggressions


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