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The] existing prohibitions ... must remain and it is repugnant to common sense to make artificial offences the result of a purely artificial relationship. The relationship of guardian and ward does not today preclude intermarriage and the adopting parent will only hold the position of a special guardian ... [Accordingly], legalized adoption should have no effect in this regard at all. (my emphasis) Emergence of Adoption 41 This is an important paragraph to interrogate, as it encapsulates a number of tensions in how the family and the position of the parent were understood at the beginning of the twentieth century.
108). , p. 121). The ways that sexuality was deployed through working- class culture was of fundamental importance to the eventual emergence of adoption and I will return to this at a later point. For the present, I want to focus on the deployment of sexuality within the middle- class family as this will have considerable bearing on how the working- class family was later transformed. Foucault traces the emergence and establishment of the bourgeois family as a key site for the transmission of social values organised around the immediate blood tie of its membership: ‘the bourgeoisie ...
This legislation made parents absent by removing children from their care. Cretney (1998, p. 186) discusses this issue: The Poor Law Act 1899 provided that the guardians could in certain circumstances assume by resolution all the parents’ rights and powers until the child reached the age of 18; and the guardians were then empowered to arrange for the child to be ‘adopted’... the adopters acquired a measure of protection against any claim by the child’s natural parents. What was critical in the above situation was how the state held back from instituting a complete severance of parental responsibilities from those parents who were subject to state intervention against their wishes.
Adoption, Family and the Paradox of Origins: A Foucauldian History by Sally Sales (auth.)