Adoption’s ‘golden age’: from orphan rescue to the rights of the child

Alice Diver*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Various mythologies have attached to the ‘adoption industrial complex’ which established itself in the late nineteenth century, both within and across national borders, bolstered by the belief that many orphans and foundlings are easily uprooted and happy to be transplanted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetic stigma in law and literature: orphanhood, adoption, and the right to reunion
EditorsAlice Diver
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9783031462467
ISBN (Print)9783031462450, 9783031462481
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Socio-Legal Studies
ISSN (Print)2947-9274
ISSN (Electronic)2947-9282

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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