Kinship by Design A History of Adoption in the Modern United States

ISBN-10: 0226327604

ISBN-13: 9780226327600

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ellen Herman
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Description: What constitutes a family? Tracing the dramatic evolution of Americans7; answer to this question over the past century,Kinship by Designprovides the fullest account to date of modern adoption7;s history. Beginning in the early 1900s, when children were still transferred between households by a variety of unregulated private arrangements, Ellen Herman details efforts by the U.S. Children7;s Bureau and the Child Welfare League of America to establish adoption standards in law and practice. She goes on to trace Americans7; shifting ideas about matching children with physically or intellectually similar parents, revealing how research in developmental science and technology shaped adoption as it navigated the nature-nurture debate. Concluding with an insightful analysis of the revolution that ushered in special needs, transracial, and international adoptions,Kinship by Designultimately situates the practice as both a different way to make a family and a universal story about love, loss, identity, and belonging. In doing so, this volume provides a new vantage point from which to view twentieth-century America, revealing as much about social welfare, statecraft, and science as it does about childhood, family, and private life.

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Family Making in an Age of Uncertainty
Regulation and Interpretation, 1900-1945
The Perils of Money and Sentiment (and Custom, Accident, Impulse, Intuition, Common Sense, Faith, and Bad Blood)
Making Adoption Governable
Rules for Realness
Standardization and Naturalization, 1930-1960
Matching and the Mirror of Nature
The Measure of Other People's Children
Difference and Damage, 1945-1975
Adoption Revolutions
The Difference Difference Makes
Damaged Children, Therapeutic Lives
Epilogue: Reckoning with Risk
Notes
Index
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