Adom's research explores issues of gender, kinship, inter-generationality and the life-course in the Caribbean.
His doctoral project, Fathermen: Predicaments in Fatherhood, Masculinity and the Kinship Lifecourse, charts the complex kinship trajectories of men - as lovers, fathers and grandfathers - in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
It examines the shadow cast by enslavement upon the figure of the father, whilst detailing the complicated routes through which men attempt to transcend this ‘father wound’. It analyses tensions between kinship and masculinity that pattern paternal lives: from romantic frictions, to the vexed dynamics of ‘providing’, the classic politics of paternal performativity, the sympathetic pregnancy symptoms of soon-to-be fathers, and the ambivalences of grandfatherhood.
Adom’s chapter, ‘Becoming Papa’, which won the 2014 Emerys Peters Essay Prize (Manchester), features in the volume Parenthood Between Generations (Berghahn 2016). His essay, ‘Naming the Father and the Mystics of Kinship’, won the 2017 Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Essay Prize (American Anth’ Assoc). Another chapter, ‘Being Said/Seen to Care’, is forthcoming in Discourses in Latin America and The Caribbean (Palgrave 2018)
2017, PhD, Social Anthropology, St Andrews
2012, MRes, Social Anthropology, St Andrews.
2010, BA ,Social Anthropology and Development Studies, Sussex