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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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Mothers for Others

Mothers for Others

Between Friendship and the Market

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(p.271) Chapter 15 Mothers for Others
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International Adoption
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Anne Cadoret

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.003.0016

This chapter considers how parents address the problem of filiation in France, where gay male parents are forced to differentiate between those who gestate and those who raise the child. Adoption often overlaps with assisted reproduction, as gay and lesbian adults conceive children through in vitro fertilization and various forms of surrogacy. Thus, the chapter looks into the issues of whether or not the women who donate an egg and/or carry a fetus are considered “mothers,” as well as other such problems of kinship. The cultural logic that governs the decisions gay men in France make regarding whom to recognize as parents yields insight into changing social norms and practices of parenthood, just as adoptive families shed light on normative forms of reproduction.

Keywords:   France, filiation, gay parents, lesbian parents, assisted reproduction, parenthood

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