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Carleton's Kids: The Papua New Guinean Children of D. Carleton Gajdusek

Spark, Ceridwen (2009) Carleton's Kids: The Papua New Guinean Children of D. Carleton Gajdusek. Journal of Pacific History, 44 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0022-3344 (print) 1469-9605 (online)

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Abstract

Over his lifetime, the medical researcher and Nobel Prize winner Carleton Gajdusek ‘adopted’ 38 children from Papua New Guinea and Micronesia who came to live at his home in the US and were schooled at Gajdusek's expense. Drawing on interviews with ten of the now adult ‘adoptees’ living in PNG, other informants, and published and unpublished documentary sources, this paper reflects on the children's experience of family life in Gajdusek's home and their subsequent return to PNG. The discussion highlights and challenges assumptions implicit in common Western concepts of family.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21995, Carleton Gajdusek's autobiography, Carleton's kids, children's experience, family life, Gajdusek’s home
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1601 Anthropology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 03:12
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 03:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7961
DOI: 10.1080/00223340902900746
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