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Early life was now a point of origin and foundation, not only for the human subject, but also for the social order. Not only did the nineteenth century provide its citizens with a childhood history, but this history was understood as an internalised realm within the subject, a source of inner truth, knowledge and guidance. Carolyn Steedman (1994, p. ’ There was an increasing interest in the child as adult in embryo, with a nature that would need protecting, nurturing and educating if it was to achieve its full adult potential (Aries, 1996; Steedman, 1994).
31). He elaborates this connection: ‘in the nineteenth century sexuality was sought out in the smallest details of individual existence ... , p. 146). What Foucault traces in History of Sexuality is how the idea of the modern self, a subject with a childhood history rooted in the sexualised life of its parents, became established first in the bourgeois family. , p. 143). Emergence of Adoption 25 It was through the assumption of its ‘historicity’ that this new concept of the subject emerged, a subject who had acquired a childhood history through which self meaning was produced and embedded.
46). It was not until the late 1880s that legislation was passed to allow intervention into the working- class family with the 1889 Prevention of Cruelty to and Protection of Children Act. ‘What were previously seen as deaths explainable by disease and hazardous social conditions, began to be reframed in terms of a new conception of parental responsibility 36 Adoption, Family and the Paradox of Origins in child welfare’ (Ferguson, 2004, pp. 37–8). This legislation immediately created a distinction that in terms of childcare provision had not been operative before; the illegitimate child became a separate category from the abused or neglected child.
Adoption, Family and the Paradox of Origins: A Foucauldian History by Sally Sales (auth.)