Il significato socioculturale

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The socio-cultural meaning

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The crucial question is related to the understanding of a phenomenon that presents some traits of novelty, both because of its remarkable increase, and because it does not only concern couples that cannot have children of their own, but it appears to be widespread even among couples who already have had the experience of motherhood and natural paternity. From this point of view it is possible to hypothesize that the adoption of a minor from another ethnic group can be counted among the rational value-oriented actions (Weber, 1974) which present the features of an explicit orientation towards gratuitousness. Adoption would therefore no longer only be understood as the answer to the inescapable need of a couple who cannot have children of their own, but could be reduced, at least in part, to the desire to commit themselves for the future in a project of growth and education of a minor who comes from a reality that is often very different. The adoptive parents could represent (but this should be shown) a group of adults who, within the civil society, activate exchange relationships according to a symbolic code that has more to do with the gift than with the desire, though legitimate, to a lineage.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The socio-cultural meaning
Original languageItalian
PublisherIstituto degli Innocenti
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Adozione internazionale
  • enti autorizzati
  • famiglia adottiva
  • patto adottivo


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