Petits corps malades. De la valeur des tares dans l'adoption internationale.

Abstract : Since 2005, Inter-Country Adoption (ICA) has dropped by nearly 80%. This decrease in the rate of such adoptions correlates with a shift in the kinds of children who are adopted. Nowadays, the majority of adopted children belongs to the category known as "children with special needs". If this expression covers a wide range of circumstances, most of these children still suffer from a pathology or a disorder-curable or not-that significantly impacts the way these families are formed and the manner in which these matchings are performed. Based on an ethnographic fieldwork conducted in both France and Vietnam, this article examines the emergence of medicine as a factor in the making of adoptive families, and the actual importance of the clinic in the development of family planning. By analyzing the practices and discourses of the actors involved, this contribution reveals the ambiguous process that gradually bestows unanticipated value to traditionally less-desired children, and questions the ways in which family lives are shaped and transformed.
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Sébastien Roux. Petits corps malades. De la valeur des tares dans l'adoption internationale.. Ethnologie française, Presses Universitaires de France, A paraître. ⟨hal-02263508⟩

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