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Parrainage, marrainage et relations familiales dans la société française contemporaine

Abstract : Despite the decline in Christian practices in France, as in other European countries, the institution of godparenting, i.e. sponsoring a child at baptism, remains very much alive. This apparent paradox is more readily understood if we examine the functions of godparenting in the contemporary context of family relationships, where the principle of choice is a central one. Godparenting primarily links close relatives or very close friends. It is the symbolic gift of a child to a person who is expected to accept this gift. This reciprocity, revolving around the child, fosters a variety of elective ties within the context of blood or other close relationships. In godparenting, relatives become friends and friends become virtual relatives, helping to strengthen ties in stepfamilies after divorce or remarriage. The ancient institution of godparenting, with its strongly coded content, effectively produces emotional bonds.
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Agnès Fine. Parrainage, marrainage et relations familiales dans la société française contemporaine. Lien social et Politiques, Anjou, Québec : Éd. Saint-Martin ; Rennes : Presses de l'EHESP, 1997, pp.157-170. ⟨hal-01989918⟩



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