Re-Making Family: The Struggle Over Belonging

  • Riitta Högbacka


Högbacka focuses on encounters between adopters and families of origin, and the potential of such meetings for re-conceptualising family and relations between the Global North and the Global South more widely. She considers the nature of such comings together in the context of uneven power. The chapter juxtaposes the perspectives of adoptive parents, adoption social workers and first mothers on meeting and coming into contact with each other, revealing fundamentally different understandings of adoption.


Social Worker Biological Mother Adoptive Parent Adopted Child Hague Convention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riitta Högbacka
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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