White Australian Adoptive Mothers' Understandings of Birth Cultures and Families

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    This paper reports an analysis of interviews conducted with 10 White Australian women who had undertaken intercountry adoption. The paper begins with an overview of how issues of culture play out within discourses of intercountry adoption in general and how this occurs specifically in Australian policy in regard to intercountry adoption. The analysis highlights how the interviewees were in many ways inculcated in broader Australian discourses of intercountry adoption, as much as in some instances there was an attempt to resist this. The paper concludes by discussing how it might be possible for White adoptive mothers in Australia to do other than remain complicit with marginalizing accounts of adoptive children's birth cultures and parents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-290
    Number of pages18
    JournalAdoption Quarterly
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


    • birth families
    • culture
    • intercountry adoption
    • mothering
    • Whiteness


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