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Circulation of Children Kinship, Adoption, and Morality in Andean Peru

ISBN-10: 0822341972
ISBN-13: 9780822341970
Edition: 2008
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Description: In this vivid ethnography Jessaca B. Leinaweaver explores "child circulation," informal arrangements in which indigenous Andean children are sent by their parents to live in other households. At first glance, child circulation appears tantamount to  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In this vivid ethnography Jessaca B. Leinaweaver explores "child circulation," informal arrangements in which indigenous Andean children are sent by their parents to live in other households. At first glance, child circulation appears tantamount to child abandonment. When seen in that light, the practice is a violation of international norms regarding children's rights, guidelines that the Peruvian state relies on in regulating legal adoptions. Leinaweaver demonstrates that such an understanding of the practice is simplistic and misleading. Her in-depth ethnographic analysis reveals child circulation to be a meaningful, pragmatic social practice for poor and indigenous Peruvians, a flexible system of kinship that has likely been part of Andean lives for centuries. Child circulation may be initiated because parents cannot care for their children, because a childless elder wants company, or because it gives a young person the opportunity to gain needed skills.Leinaweaver provides insight into the emotional and material bonds that bring together and separate indigenous Andean families in the highland city of Ayacucho. She describes how child circulation is intimately linked to survival in the city, which has had to withstand colonialism, economic isolation, and, most recently, as the epicentre of the Shining Path's insurgency, a devastating civil war. Leinaweaver examines the practice from the perspective of parents who send their children to live in other households, the adults who receive them, and the children themselves. She relates child circulation to international laws and norms regarding children's rights, adoptions, and orphans, and to Peru's history of racial conflict and violence. Given that history, Leinaweaver maintains that it is not surprising that child circulation, a practice associated with Peru's impoverished indigenous community, is alternately ignored, tolerated, or condemned by the state.

Peter Phillips is the director of Project Censored & an associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. Phillips writes op-ed pieces in the alternative press & independent newspapers nationwide. He frequently speaks on media censorship & various sociopolitical issues on radio & TV talk shows, including "Talk of the Nation", "Public Interest", "Talk America", "Democracy Now!", & the "Jim Hightower Show".

Walter D. Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. This book is the third of a trilogy that includes "The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization" and "The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options". He is also the author of "The Idea of Latin America".

About the Series
Acknowledgments
A Note on Translation
Introduction: Moving Children in Ayacucho
Ayacucho: Histories of Violence and Ethnography
International Adoption: The Globalization of Kinship
Puericulture and Andean Orphanhood
Companionship and Custom: The Mechanics of Child Circulation
Superacion: The Strategic Uses of Child Circulation
Pertenecer: Knowledge and Kinship
Circulating Children, at Home and Abroad
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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