Adoption - forældres behov eller barnets tarv?

Marie Sihm Jensen, Bashir Khalid & Malene Maarup

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This rapport examines and analyses the premises which transnational adoption in Denmark stands upon. There is little research done on adoption in Denmark, a practice which involves vari-ous actors, in civil society as well as in the welfare state and has far reaching consequences domes-tically as well as globally. Transnational adoption is often portrayed as an act of good will which benefits both the child and adoptive parents. However we would like to acquire a different view-point in this rapport. Adoption researcher Lene Myong Petersen, a Korean adoptee who has been the frontrunner in critical research of transnational adoption in Denmark, has emphasised the im-portance of adoption research being conducted in Denmark which has been lacking and thus has inspired our outlook in this rapport. With a theoretical departure from social theorist Michel Foucault, literate David Eng, phi-losopher Judith Butler and anthropologist Marilyn Strathern, we wish to uncover how the family is created through transnational adoption by answering the question what concepts of family are re-flected in the adoptees and in the welfare state’s juridical settings and how do these two actors af-fect the practice of transnational adoption. We have utilised a qualitative interview method conducted on three adoptees, two couples and a single adoptee, in order to capture their experiences and perceptions of family. Furthermore we have examined the juridical settings of adoption, through the criteria for adoptees, in order to find concepts and perceptions of family in the welfare state. We have concluded that in the light of a consumer oriented discourse the adoption practice still upholds the notion of the nuclear family which is maintained in the juridical settings. Thusly we view this practice as a means for adoptees to fulfil their desire for a child of their choosing, a child that reflects their own identity and preferences. The child is exploited for its affective labour and conclusively we criticise if this practice exists on the notion of ‘an act of good will’ and in the child’s best interest and view it as a practice that is in the adoptees best interest.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2012
VejledereSusanne Klausen


  • Familie
  • Adoption