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Making families through adoption

Author: Nancy Riley; Krista E Van Vleet
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE/Pine Forge, [2012] ©2012
Series: Contemporary family perspectives.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume examines adoption as a way of understanding the practices and ideology of kinship and family more generally. It focuses primarily on adoption practices in the US but will also use examples of adoption and fostering across cultures to put those American adoption practices into a comparative context.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Riley, Nancy.
Making families through adoption
(DLC) 2011001743
(OCoLC)698360708
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Riley; Krista E Van Vleet
ISBN: 9781452224640 1452224641 9781483349558 1483349551
OCLC Number: 869282163
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 155 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction: Making families: inequalities and intimacies of adoption --
Adoption in the United States --
Adoption and statistics. 1. Adoption across cultures --
Ethnographic cases --
Preference for fostering in West Africa --
Commonality of child circulation in the Andes --
Stigma of adoption in the Middle East --
Exploring the significance of cases --
Debunking the opposition between natural and adoptive parents --
Who is responsible for raising children? --
History comes up behind us: fostering and adoption as shaped by context. 2. Adoption in the United States : historical perspectives --
Children's role in society --
What makes a family? Contradictions and controversies in American adoption --
Growing demand for adoptable babies and the increased regulation of adoptions: Who are the best mothers? --
Adoption secrecy in the formation of as-if families --
Making families through adoption in the postwar period --
Adoption in the United States today. 3. Adoption : private decisions, public influences --
Who adopts? Who is adopted? --
socioeconomic class: the power of money --
The children: characteristics of adopted children --
The parents: marital status and sexual orientation --
What makes a proper family? Interpreting social norms --
The role of the State --
Comparative perspectives on government's role in adoption --
Adoption in China --
Adoption in Norway. 4. Race, ethnicity, and racism in adoption and fosterage systems --
Race: a social construct, a forceful reality --
Race in U.S. adoption history --
Transracial adoption: issues and debates --
The Foster System and adoption in the United States --
Native Americans and adoption in the United States and Canada. 5. The practices of transnational adoption --
The global transfer of children --
Rules governing intercountry adoptions --
The receiving countries --
Early international adoption as humanitarian aid --
The United States --
Adoption in Norway --
The sending countries --
Korea --
Romania --
Guatemala --
China and its abandoned girls --
After adoption: the making of transnational families.
Series Title: Contemporary family perspectives.
Responsibility: Nancy E. Riley, Krista E. Van Vleet.

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This volume examines adoption as a way of understanding the practices and ideology of kinship and family more generally. It focuses primarily on adoption practices in the US but will also use examples of adoption and fostering across cultures to put those American adoption practices into a comparative context.

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