Babies without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas [NOOK Book]

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International adoptions are both high-profile and controversial, with the celebrity adoptions and critically acclaimed movies such as Casa de los babys of recent years increasing media coverage and influencing public opinion. Neither celebrating nor condemning cross-cultural adoption, Karen Dubinsky considers the political symbolism of children in her examination of adoption and migration controversies in North America, Cuba, and Guatemala.

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Babies without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas

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Overview

International adoptions are both high-profile and controversial, with the celebrity adoptions and critically acclaimed movies such as Casa de los babys of recent years increasing media coverage and influencing public opinion. Neither celebrating nor condemning cross-cultural adoption, Karen Dubinsky considers the political symbolism of children in her examination of adoption and migration controversies in North America, Cuba, and Guatemala.

Babies Without Borders tells the interrelated stories of Cuban children caught in Operation Peter Pan, adopted Black and Native American children who became icons in the Sixties, and Guatemalan children whose 'disappearance' today in transnational adoption networks echoes their fate during the country's brutal civil war. Drawing from extensive research as well as from her critical observations as an adoptive parent, Karen Dubinsky aims to move adoption debates beyond the current dichotomy of 'imperialist kidnap' versus 'humanitarian rescue.' Integrating the personal with the scholarly, Babies Without Borders exposes what happens when children bear the weight of adult political conflicts.

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Editorial Reviews

British Journal of Canadian Studies: vol 24:02:2011 - James Onusko
‘Dubinsky&#39s research is excellent… Her contribution to this sub-field in the burgeoning field of childhood studies is a fine one and this book is a must read for all serious scholars of childhood and adoption.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442698437
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Dubinsky is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies and the Department of History at Queen's University.

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Children and the Stories We Tell About Them

Chapter 2: The National Baby: Creating Monumental Children
From Operation Peter Pan to Elian Gonzalez

Chapter 3: The Hybrid Baby: Domestic Interracial Adoption
Since the 1950s

Chapter 4: The Missing Baby: Transnational Adoption and
The Vanishing Children of Guatemala

Chapter 5: Conclusion: Setting the Agenda for a
Happy Childhood

Selected Bibliography

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