Mediating Discourses of Transnational Adoption

    Project Details

    Description

    This project aims to investigate the discursive mediation of transnational adoption, which comprises a nexus of local and global practices which are mediated in, through and across talk, text and other modalities of discourse. For instance, a host of discourses and contingent practices of care and 'kinning' are heterogeneously assembled to 'translate' a child from one familial 'place' or nexus of practice in the world to another, crossing linguistic, sociocultural, kinship, racial, class and national boundaries in the process. The main issue in this project is with how the 'child-to-be-adopted' is figured as a quasi-object, and thus how its origin, identity and agency is performatively distributed across the social and discursive field. Analyses have been conducted of how prospective adoptive parents are represented in a Danish TV documentary series following five potential adopters. The concern is with how adopters publicly narrate their own personal experiences and problems with adopting their children, as well as how they construct their personal websites, network with others locally and internationally, orient to other 'sites' or sources of information, share advice and create 'public goods'.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date01/08/200331/12/2008

    Funding

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    Keywords

    • discourse, adoption

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  • Activities

    • 5 Talks and presentations in private or public companies

    1st Global Adoption Research Conference : Fashioning a Legitimate Adoptive Parent Identity

    Paul McIlvenny (Speaker)

    8 Sep 200510 Sep 2005

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    1st Global Adoption Research Conference : Fashioning a Legitimate Adoptive Parent Identity

    Pirkko Liisa Raudaskoski (Speaker)

    8 Sep 200510 Sep 2005

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Language and Global Communication Conference

    Paul McIlvenny (Speaker)

    7 Jul 20059 Jul 2005

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Projects

    PlaceME: Place, Mediated Discourse and Embodied Interaction

    McIlvenny, P. B., Piirainen-Marsh, A., Haddington, P., Thibault, P., Broth, M., Tenjes, S., Lindström, B., Ponti, M., Raudaskoski, P. L., Horsbøl, A., Lassen, I., Kärkkäinen, E., Kuure, L., Saarenkunnas, M., Jensen, O. B., Frimann, S., Ryberg, T., Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L., Kjær, M., Klausen, J. Z. & Thomsen, B. S.

    NordForsk

    01/10/200630/09/2009

    Project: Research

  • Research Output

    • 6 Book chapter
    • 1 Journal article

    Identity Work and Transnational Adoption: Discursive Representations of the ‘Adoptive-Parent-To-Be’ in the Satellite Texts of a Danish TV Documentary Series

    Raudaskoski, P. L. & McIlvenny, P., 17 Sep 2010, Identity Trouble: Critical Discourse and Contested Identities. Caldas-Coulthard, C. R. & Iedema, R. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 58-76 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    Figuring the Transnational 'Child-to-be-adopted': The Web as a Virtual Sociocultural Contact Zone for Intercountry Adoption

    McIlvenny, P. & Raudaskoski, P. L., 2008, The Consequences of Mobility. Preisler, B., Fabricius, A., Haberland, H., Kjærbeck, S. & Risager, K. (eds.). Roskilde: Institut for Kultur og Identitet, Roskilde Universitet, p. 58-70 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    Identity Work and Transnational Adoption: Discursive Representations of the 'Adoptive-Parent-To-Be' in the Satellite Texts of a Danish TV Documentary Series

    Raudaskoski, P. L. & McIlvenny, P., 2007, Identity Trouble: Critical Discourse and Contested Identities. Caldas-Coulthard, C. R. & Iedema, R. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 58-76 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearch