Foster Children and ADHD: Anger, Violence, and Institutional Power
- Niranjan S. Karnik
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This paper explores the ways in which foster children and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) intersect as social and medical categories. Through the method of interpretive biography based on the official case file, this paper shows how the experiences of violence and ADHD become linked in the child's life through the emotion of anger. In this way, it is possible to see how the power dynamics of the medical, educational and welfare systems lock the diagnosis with its embedded meanings into the child's life. It is also possible to see how counter forces like a caring foster family can challenge medical and welfare authorities.
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- Foster Children and ADHD: Anger, Violence, and Institutional Power
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- Niranjan S. Karnik (1) (2) (3)
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- 1. Research and Policy Program, Hope for the Children, Rantoul, Illinois;
- 2. Department of Sociology and Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
- 3. College of Medicine, University of Illinois, 190, Medical Sciences Building, 506 South Mathews, Urbana, Illinois, 61801