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Logiques de la réciprocité dans trois centres de protection de l'enfance en Estonie

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Detelina Tocheva

The article focuses on relations of reciprocity in three centres for child protection in Estonia. The relations are based on the asymmetrical positions occupied, on the one hand, by social workers in the area of child protection and, on the other hand, by parents (essentially mothers). This relation is analysed as characterised by both domination and exchange. It implies formal contractual reciprocity, as well as affective subjective reciprocity. These two types of reciprocity interact and together construct the overall relationship of aid.