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Since the early 1990s, transnational adoptions have increased at an astonishing rate, not only in the United States, but worldwide. In Belonging in an Adopted World, Barbara Yngvesson offers a penetrating exploration of the consequences and implications of this unprecedented movement of children, usually from poor nations to the affluent West. Yngvesson illuminates how the politics of adoption policy has profoundly affected the families, nations, and children involved in this new form of social and economic migration.

Starting from the transformation of the abandoned child into an adoptable resource for nations that give and receive children in adoption, this volume examines the ramifications of such gifts, especially for families created through adoption and later, the adopted adults themselves. Bolstered by an account of the authorand#8217;s own experience as an adoptive parent, and fully attuned to the contradictions of race that shape our complex forms of family, Belonging in an Adopted World explores the fictions that sustain adoptive kinship, ultimately exposing the vulnerability and contingency behind all human identity.

About the Author

Barbara Yngvesson is professor of anthropology at Hampshire College, the author or coauthor of two previous volumes, and an associate editor at American Anthropologist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

A Letter

Prologue

Chapter 1. The Safehouse of Identity

Chapter 2. The Only Thing We Can Give Away Is Children

Chapter 3. National Resources

Chapter 4. A Child of Any Color

Chapter 5. Early Disturbances

Chapter 6. The Body within the Body

Chapter 7. Return

Epilogue

Appendix: Tables

ReferencesIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226964461
Author:
Yngvesson, Barbara
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Interracial adoption
Subject:
Intercountry adoption
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Family Law - Children
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Adoption and Foster Care
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 2 line drawings, 9 tables
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Law » Divorce and Child Custody
History and Social Science » World History » General

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