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The building of parental bonds: adoption and assisted reproduction in Chile (English version)


  • Florencia HERRERA

    () (Universidad Diego Portales, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales e Historia, Ejército Libertador 333, CP: 8370127,Santiago, Chile)


This article aims to analyze the building of bonds between parents and children in Chile. In keeping with the same, the cultural elements upon which mothers and fathers who have adopted children or had children using assisted reproduction techniques base their parenthood relationships are identified. People who have required assistance for their reproductive process have had to make implicit multiples underlying parental relations explicit. The analysis of parents’ narratives enables identification of the following cultural elements: 1) Blood, biology and genetics, 2) care, love and time, 3) destiny, God and the unexplainable and 4) sensory aspects or relationships between bodies. The article attempts to bring the analysis of parenthood relations closer to the real experiences of people by accounting for creativity deployed in their desire to establish their relationships.fferent ways. Participation processes were usually structured, and mothers and fathers were involved differently. In general, parcipation was very much influenced by the actual and ascribed competence of the children.

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  • Florencia HERRERA, 2011. "The building of parental bonds: adoption and assisted reproduction in Chile (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 32, pages 25-43, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:32:y:2012:i::p:25-43

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    adoption; assisted reproduction; family; kinship; parenthood;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • K36 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Family and Personal Law


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