Adoption, Family and the Paradox of Origins

A Foucauldian History

  • Sally Sales

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. A Genealogy of Adoption 1926–2000

  3. The Open Archive

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Sally Sales
      Pages 141-150
    3. Sally Sales
      Pages 190-196
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 197-216

About this book


It is now over 20 years since 'open adoption' was first introduced, but it remains a controversial and contested part of social work practice. This innovative and far ranging book sets out to understand why the practice of keeping adopted children in touch with their kinship origins is still so questioned in contemporary adoption work. Written by an experienced practitioner in the field, this book applies, for the first time, Foucauldian methodology to analyze and understand adoption social work, making it essential reading for a wide audience in the social sciences.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Sally Sales
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

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