Bookcover of Stolen Babies - Broken Hearts: Forced Adoption in Australia 1881-1987
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Stolen Babies - Broken Hearts: Forced Adoption in Australia 1881-1987

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2015-12-29 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-81454-9

ISBN-10:
3659814547
EAN:
9783659814549
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
This book challenges the orthodoxy that white, unmarried mothers ‘chose’ to give up their babies for adoption. Rather it articulates an alternate narrative detailing their systemic abuse that includes administering mind-altering drugs, illegal coercion and medical assaults perpetrated because of the demand by infertile couples for their babies. The abuses justified by a eugenic ideology that stripped these women of all rights. Since colonisation Australia’s child welfare policy has been an instrument of social control and cruelty. Children and their mothers have been victims of brutal removalist policies and a phenomenon recently labelled Forced Adoption. The discourses, social policies and legislation that provided the social space for these egregious acts to occur are traced back to their roots in Imperial Britain. In addition the book incorporates research that contrasts the lived experiences of two cohorts of unwed mothers. One of which had their newborns forcibly taken whilst the other went on to keep and rear their infants. The comparison enables the dynamics that determined the differential outcomes to be identified and discussed.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Christine Cole
Number of pages:
408
Published on:
2015-12-29
Stock:
Available
Category:
Research on Woman and gender
Price:
84.90 €
Keywords:
forced adoption, stolen babies, adoptee, Adoption, Australia, British Empire, Capitalism, Child trafficking, child welfare, citizenship, civil rights, Eugenics, Freud, Human Rights, Malthus, Motherhood, reproductive rights, social control, Social work, Stolen Generation, forced removal, birthmothers, Forced Adoption apology, British child migrants, Forgotten Australians, patriarchal theory, unwed mothers, Nazi social policy, Lebensborn, British colonization, Poor Laws, convict mothers, pronatalism, illegitimacy, medical discourse, population policy

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