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 Revisiting Romanian International Child Adoption – the Politics of “Child Selling”

  • Melania Popa-Mabe (University of South Carolina; 8241 Trail View Dr., Charlotte, NC, USA, Phone: 704-619-1341, E-mail:

This article presents selected findings from a qualitative study on the politics of Romanian International Adoption Policy between 2001 and 2004. This article discusses how the framing metaphor of “child selling” dominating the International Child Adoption debate in Romanian press reinforced politically biased ways of looking and understanding the phenomenon. My analysis highlights how this interpretative frame that assume dominance in Romanian media represents the partial and interested perspective of dominant social groups within national borders as well as on the global stage. Such interpretative framing when assumes a hegemonic status helps perpetuating denial about structural inequalities involving class, race, ethnicity, as well as nationality – on which global child commodification feeds on.

Keywords: international child adoption politics, structural inequalities, hegemonic discourse, “child selling”, post-communism