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Why now – over 40 years later- ‘Dingos took her’

This is a brief Thiesis re the Forced Adoption of Australia… My reference means 2 legged 'Dingos'

Title: Relinquishment and abjection: a semanalysis of the meaning of losing a baby to adoption
Author: Farrar, Patricia.
Abstract: Between 1960 and 1975 more than 38,000 mothers lost babies to adoption in New South Wales, Australia, a pattern which was replicated in other Western societies. Various theories were proposed for women's exnuptial pregnancies which resulted in their babies being taken for adoption, culminating in the discursive construction of the unmarried mother as 'mad, bad, or stupid'. Until the 1990s, the voices of women whose babies had been taken for adoption had been silenced by the social order which adoption practices served. It is through their voices, and through the voices of other women who remember the era of the adoption bounty, that another meaning for the loss of a baby to adoption, through the process of semanalysis, has been sought. This thesis is informed primarily by the writings of the French postmodern feminist, Julia Kristeva. In addition the works of the post-structuralist philosopher, Michel Foucault, the German socialist feminist, Frigga Haug, and the American feminist psychologist, Michelle Fine are used as an heuristic lens through which to examine the phenomenon of losing a baby to adoption. A qualitative research methodology, incorporating feminist praxis and feminist multiple methods, has been employed. The framework for this thesis is that of a double helix which depicts two orders, the symbolic and the semiotic, which intertwine and intersect. The symbolic order is analogous to the public social order which through its hegemonic discourses constructed the unmarried mother and adoption. The semiotic order refers to the personal space where the voices of women are heard through counterdiscourses. At the scission of the two helical strands sits the thetic phase, a point of rupture by the semiotic into the symbolic where the voices of mothers are expressed through their poetry and art. Through the process of semanalysis, the tensions which simultaneously resist and challenge the semiotic and symbolic orders are exposed: tensions between discourse, discipline and docility; power and knowledge; sexuality and silence; power of / as sexuality; power and resistance; and resistance and / as silence. Furthermore, I examine the manifestations of mothers' resistance to silence, and their resistance as activism. My concluding analysis involves the notion of abjection as it binds together the threads of the loss of a baby to adoption: abjection as entrapment; abjection as infertility; and abjection as / in reunion. For mothers who lost babies to adoption, their loss finds meaning in the ultimate horror: it is abjection.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2100/295


Pamela Ida

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One thought on “Why now – over 40 years later- ‘Dingos took her’

  1. idaprince43 says:

    Some of the Ma’ams mentioned in piece!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Kristeva
    ”In addition the works of the post-structuralist philosopher, Michel Foucault, the German socialist feminist, Frigga Haug, and the American feminist psychologist, Michelle Fine are used as an heuristic lens through which to examine the phenomenon of losing a baby to adoption….” Michelle Fine has a career in book writings or her churning out of thiesis… swamps others– ”

    I am not one for dwelling on theories of ‘Observers of Others who have gone and lived their lives’ felt the pain, gone insane, watched the rain, & laid in dust, but never let it rust!”
    ,
    It appears that was inspired by another’s writing>>>”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Lies,_Secrets_and_Silence” by the poet & late life Lesbian . (she married & bore children – husband shot himself – he believed she was mad?? or she left him & he lost face– perhaps her writings reveal —
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Rich
    THE MUST ADOPT verses KEEP & REAR THE CHILD as a single mother was not the wishes of the psychologists & polititians & church of the era mentioned…
    The above brief outline of the thiesis is a short version — see http://hdl.handle.net/2100/295 for an in depth read… you won’t be disappointed.
    38 thousand kids raised by others not of their DNA or Blood, is a lot of Children
    & Queensland where I was pushed into surrendering the right to be ‘mother’ to a child I had not planned, may have been similar numbers of us to match the NSW figures.
    Girls came to Anglican Home ‘St Marys’ in Brisbane, Qld from over the border & Doctors had a ‘deal,’ going on with that establishment & the Asgrove Private Hospital before the Government took over the ‘dealing.’ you go ahead & draw your own conclusions, I am totally over IT..

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