Customs and ‘laws’ of orphanisation: bastards and foundlings in folklore and fairy tale

Alice Diver*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Absence of natal origin has long been framed as a worrying sign of otherness: often steeped in stigma, it can both spark and signify unfairness, inequality, and societal injustice. This chapter offers analysis of the sociolegal and cultural significances that seem to underpin the need for knowable and authentic ancestral identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetic stigma in law and literature: orphanhood, adoption, and the right to reunion
EditorsAlice Diver
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages42
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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