Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption

Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption

by Barbara Yngvesson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226964469

ISBN-13: 9780226964461

Pub. Date: 06/15/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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 author’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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226964461
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Letter 1

Prologue 3

1 The Safehouse of Identity 11

2 The Only Thing We Can Give Away Is Children 39

3 National Resources 59

4 A Child of Any Color 89

5 Early Disturbances 105

6 The Body within the Body 123

7 Return 144

Epilogue 173

Appendix 177

Notes 185

References 211

Index 227

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