Babies Without Borders

Babies Without Borders

by Karen Dubinsky, Jeffrey Jones, Ethan Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814720919

ISBN-13: 9780814720912

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

While international adoptions have risen in the public eye and recent scholarship has covered transnational adoption from Asia to the U.S., adoptions between North America and Latin America have been overshadowed and, in some cases, forgotten. In this nuanced study of adoption, Karen Dubinsky expands the historical record while she considers the political symbolism

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Overview

While international adoptions have risen in the public eye and recent scholarship has covered transnational adoption from Asia to the U.S., adoptions between North America and Latin America have been overshadowed and, in some cases, forgotten. In this nuanced study of adoption, Karen Dubinsky expands the historical record while she considers the political symbolism of children caught up in adoption and migration controversies in Canada, the United States, 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 archival research as well as from her critical observations as an adoptive parent, Dubinsky moves debates around transnational adoption beyond the current dichotomy—the good of “humanitarian rescue,” against the evil of “imperialist kidnap.” 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814720912
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Children and the Stories We Tell about Them
2 The National Baby: Creating Monumental Children in Cuba, from Operation Peter Pan to Elián González
3 The Hybrid Baby: Domestic Interracial Adoption since the 1950s
4 The Missing Baby: Transnational Adoption and the Vanishing Children of Guatemala
5 Conclusion: Setting the Agenda for a Happy Childhood

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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