Cross-Cultural Approaches to Adoption
Edited by Fiona Bowie
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Cross-Cultural Approaches to Adoption by Fiona Bowie
Book DescriptionAdoption is currently subject to a great deal of media scrutiny. High-profile cases of international adoption via the internet and other unofficial routes, have drawn attention to the relative ease with which children can be obtained on the global circuit, and have brought about legislation which regulates the exchange of children within and between countries. However a scarcity of research into cross-cultural attitudes to child-rearing, and a wider lack of awareness of cultural difference in adoptive contexts, has meant that the assumptions underlying Western childcare policy are seldom examined or made explicit. These articles look at adoption practices from Africa, Oceania, Asia and Central America, including examples of societies in which children are routinely separated from their biological parents or passed through several foster families. Showing the range and flexibility of the child-rearing practices that approximate to the Western term 'adoption', they demonstrate the benefits of a cross-cultural appreciation of family life, and allow a broader understanding of the varied relationships that exist between children and adoptive parents.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415303514
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fiona Bowie
Anthropology of Religion, Paperback (November 2005)
* Offers an updated edition of this introduction to the anthropology of religion. * Discusses the origin and development of ideas within the discipline, as well as where the subject is going. * Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies.
Cross-Cultural Approaches to Adoption, Hardback (September 2004)
This edited collection looks at diverse examples of child-rearing and adoption practices from across the globe, revealing some of the assumptions that lie beneath western childcare policy.
Women and Missions - Past and Present, Paperback (January 1994)» View all books by Fiona Bowie
This collection of essays explore women missionaries and the effect of Christian missionary activity upon women. It looks at 19th-century missionaries, at the backgrounds and experience of women in the missions and at the attitudes of missionary societies towards their female workers.
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Author Biography - Fiona Bowie
Fiona Bowie is Senior Lecturer and Head of Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where she specialises in anthropology of religion, kinship and African society.
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