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International Adoption

In the past two decades, transnational adoption has exploded in scope and significance, growing up along increasingly globalized economic relations and the development and improvement of reproductive technologies. A complex and understudied system, transnational adoption opens a window onto the relations between nations, the inequalities of the rich and the poor, and the history of race and racialization, Transnational adoption has been marked by the geographies of unequal power, as children move from poorer countries and families to wealthier ones, yet little work has been done to synthesize its complex and sometimes contradictory effects. Rather than focusing only on the United States, as much previous work on the topic does, International Adoption considers the perspectives of a number of sending countries as well as other receiving countries, particularly in Europe. The book also reminds us that the U.S. also sends children into international adoptions-particularly children of color. The book thus complicates the standard scholarly treatment of the subject, which tends to focus on the tensions between those who argue that transnational adoption is an outgrowth of American wealth, power, and military might (as well as a rejection of adoption from domestic foster care) and those who maintain that it is about a desire to help children in need.
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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Circulation of ChildrenPart I Defining Reproduction: Law, Strangers, Family, Kin Part II Perspectives from Sending Countries Part III Experiences in Receiving Countries About the ContributorsIndex

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An argument for a more complex view of transnational adoption, including stranger adoption, kinship adoption, fostering, and informal circulating children

About the Author

Laura Briggs is Associate Professor and Department Head, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona. Diana Marre is Senior Researcher in Social Anthropology at the Instituto de Infancia y Mundo Urbano in Barcelona. She is co-editor of La Adopcion y el Acogimiento.


"...lively collection of seventeen essays...a comprehensive overview of a wide range of issues, with thought-provoking contributions on a variety of case studies from sending and receiving countries...very interesting and stimulating volume that will prove useful not only to adoption specialists, but also to those interested in kinship studies, reproductive technologies and transnational networks." Giovanna Bacchiddu from the University of St Andrews writing for Social Anthropology

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