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Somebody's Children The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption

ISBN-10: 0822351617
ISBN-13: 9780822351610
Edition: 2012
Authors: Laura Briggs
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Description: A feminist historian and an adoptive parent, Laura Briggs gives an account of transracial and transnational adoption from the point of view of the mothers and communities that lose their children. Briggs sees adoption as part of larger structures of  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A feminist historian and an adoptive parent, Laura Briggs gives an account of transracial and transnational adoption from the point of view of the mothers and communities that lose their children. Briggs sees adoption as part of larger structures of inequality (poor people do not adopt the children of the wealthy, as she points out). In the U.S., Black, Latina, and Native American mothers are more likely to be pressed to give up their children and in Latin America violence and poverty have spurred less-than-consensual adoptions. Briggs traces the histories of the changing circumstances of such adoptions from the mid-20th century through the present.

Megan Seelyis a third wave feminist and activist. She was the youngest-ever elected president of California National Organization for Women, serving two terms from 2001 to 2005. An activist from a very young age she has been involved in community organizing and feminist activism on local, state, and national levels. She lives and teaches in northern California.Laura Briggs is Associate Professor and Department Head, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Transracial Adoption In The United States
African American Children and Adoption, 1950-1975
The Making of the Indian Child Welfare Act, 1922-1978
"Crack Babies," Race, and Adoption Reform, 1975-2000
Transnational Adoption And Latin America
From Refugees to Madonnas of the Cold War
Uncivil Wars
Latin American Family Values
Emerging Fights Over The Politics Of Adoption
Gay and Lesbian Adoption in the United States
Epilogue U.S. Immigrants: The Next Fight over Race, Adoption, and Foster Care?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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