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Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific
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Adoption, Emotion, and Identity
An Ethnopsychological Perspective on Kinship and Person in a Micronesian Society
240 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-254-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-255-2 eBook Not Yet Published
“It makes a unique contribution to our understanding of traditional child adoption, a topic that has received considerable attention from anthropologists working in Oceania, and especially in Micronesia.” • Donald H. Rubinstein, University of Guam
Exploring adoption in the Pacific, this book goes beyond the commonplace structural-functional analysis of adoption as a positive “transaction in parenthood.” It examines the effects it has on adoptees’ inner sense of self, their conflicted emotional lives, and familial relationships that are affected by a personal sense of rejection and not belonging. This account is theoretically rooted in ethnopsychology, based on field work conducted across multiple research sites in the Chuuk Lagoon, its neighboring Chuukic-speaking atolls, and persons from neighboring Micronesian island communities.
Manuel Rauchholz is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Studies at Trinity International University, USA, where he also directs the doctoral program in Intercultural Studies.
Subject: Anthropology (General)Theory and Methodology
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