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(De)racializing Common Sense: Media Perspectives on Adoption Reform in England

Kirton, Derek (2019) (De)racializing Common Sense: Media Perspectives on Adoption Reform in England. Ethnic and Racial Studies, . pp. 1-19. ISSN 0141-9870. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2019.1640373) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Adoption of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children has long been deeply controversial in the UK, with tensions over racial/ethnic matching and transracial adoption into white families respectively. Media organisations have been key participants in these struggles, as commentators but also campaigners, yet there has been negligible research into their framing of the issues. This article explores press coverage in five national newspapers (plus Sunday sister papers) of the coalition government’s adoption reform programme. In particular, it focuses on patterns of deracialization and racialization of debates as they relate to identities, family dynamics and wider social currents with respect to race and ethnicity. While in some senses adoption represents a complex and atypical case study, coverage nonetheless reveals a powerful combination, simultaneously downplaying the significance of race, while amplifying the threat posed by ethnic matching. Findings are discussed in relation to the concept of ‘moral panic’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1640373
Uncontrolled keywords: media; adoption; identity; deracialization; political correctness; reverse racism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Derek Kirton
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 08:08 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 08:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75552 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kirton, Derek: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1093-5662
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