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Description: Given Madonna's recent decision to adopt a child from Malawi, newsand entertainment are abuzz with what you've observed yourself-in yourown family, or the family next door, or passing the neighborhoodplayground- there's a boom in transracial adoption. Mostcoverage focuses on the struggles of good white parents wishing toadopt "unfortunate" children of color. Some touches on the irony ofBlack babies in the United States being exported to Canada and Europebecause of their "unwanted" status here. Some even addresses thetrafficking of children (of course, it would-that's sensational). Butfew look at o why babies are available for adoption in the first place o what happens when they grow up and o how we come up with solutions that are humane and just Healthy white infants have become hard to locate andexpensive to adopt. So people from around the world turn to interracialand intercountry adoption, often, like Madonna, with the idea thatwhile growing their families, they're saving children from destitution.But as Outsiders Within reveals, while transracial adoptionis a practice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts aheavy emotional, cultural, and even economic toll. Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the contributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this most intimate aspect of globalization. Finally, in the unmediated voices of the adults who have matured within it, we find a rarely-considered view of adoption, an institution that pulls apart old families and identities and grafts new ones. Moving beyond personal narrative, these transracially adopted writers from around the world tackle difficult questions about how to survive the racist and ethnocentric worlds they inhabit, what connects the countries relinquishing their children to the countries importing them, why poor families of color have their children removed rather than supported-about who, ultimately, they are. In their inquiry, they unseat conventional understandings of adoption politics, ultimately reframing the controversy as a debate that encompasses human rights, peace, and reproductive justice.