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"You don't take anything for granted": The role of anthropology in improving services, policies, and parenting practices for adoptive families

Román, Beatriz San; Gaggiotti, Hugo; Marre, Diana

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Authors

Beatriz San Román

Hugo Gaggiotti Hugo.Gaggiotti@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Human Resource Management

Diana Marre



Abstract

© 2015 American Anthropological Association. This article examines the impact of the transnational adoption research of an interdisciplinary group of researchers (AFIN). Since 2004, AFIN has successfully developed several research projects with the participation of practitioners and adoptive families and their associations. AFIN uses an ethnographic method and an anthropological perspective-which provides insights on transnational adoption, politics, and professional culture in Spain. This combination has resulted in a substantial body of knowledge as well as the recognition of opportunities for and challenges to building bridges among academics, policy makers, practitioners, and adoptive families in order to increase the wellbeing of families. We suggest that engagement and collaboration with family associations might offer the best chance for social anthropological research to have an influence on family public policies and practices in Spain.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Journal Annals of Anthropological Practice
Electronic ISSN 2153-9588
Publisher American Anthropological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 2
Pages 205-220
Institution Citation Román, B. S., Gaggiotti, H., & Marre, D. (2015). "You don't take anything for granted": The role of anthropology in improving services, policies, and parenting practices for adoptive families. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 39(2), 205-220. https://doi.org/10.1111/napa.12080
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/napa.12080
Keywords anthropology, transnational adoption, family services, knowledge producers, knowledge consumers, knowledge transfer, policymaking, practitioners
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/napa.12080/full
Related Public URLs http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/napa.12080/full

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