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Recognition and Justice? Conceptualizing Support for Women Whose Children Are in Care or Adopted

by 1,* and 2
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Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QQ, UK
2
Regent’s College London, London W1W 5BD, UK
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Societies 2020, 10(4), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040096
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 27 November 2020 / Accepted: 1 December 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
This paper examines the views of mothers who have experienced (or are judged to be at risk of) recurrent removal of children into care or adoption. Drawing on their accounts of working with an intensive 18 month support program called Pause, we argue for the relevance of conceptualizing policy and practice with reference to Honneth’s theory of recognition and Fraser’s arguments about the need to address misrecognition through redistribution, attending to gendered political and economic injustice. The analysis draws on qualitative longitudinal interviews with 49 women, conducted as part of a national UK Department for Education (DfE)-funded evaluation of Pause. Each woman was interviewed up to four times over a period of up to 20 months, both during and after the Pause intervention. Case-based longitudinal analysis illuminates how stigma can obscure women’s rights and needs—including welfare entitlements and health, as well as rights to family life—and shows how support can act to enable both redistribution, advocating to ensure women’s rights in a context of diminishing public welfare, and recognition, challenging stigmatization through recognition of women’s motherhood, and of their rights to care, solidarity, respect and fun. View Full-Text
Keywords: children in care; adoption; stigma; welfare rights; motherhood; family; health; intervention; evaluation children in care; adoption; stigma; welfare rights; motherhood; family; health; intervention; evaluation
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Boddy, J.; Wheeler, B. Recognition and Justice? Conceptualizing Support for Women Whose Children Are in Care or Adopted. Societies 2020, 10, 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040096

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Boddy J, Wheeler B. Recognition and Justice? Conceptualizing Support for Women Whose Children Are in Care or Adopted. Societies. 2020; 10(4):96. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040096

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Boddy, Janet, and Bella Wheeler. 2020. "Recognition and Justice? Conceptualizing Support for Women Whose Children Are in Care or Adopted" Societies 10, no. 4: 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040096

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