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Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption (Chicago Series in Law and Society)

 
 
 
 
Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption (Chicago Series in Law and Society)
Author: Barbara Yngvesson
ISBN 13: 9780226964478
ISBN 10: 226964477
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
List Price: $26.00
 
 

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.