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Contingent kinship : the flows and futures of adoption in the United States

Author: Kathryn A Mariner
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
Series: Atelier (Oakland, Calif.), 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Based on ethnographic fieldwork at a small Chicago adoption agency specializing in transracial adoption, Contingent Kinship charts the entanglement of institutional structures and ideologies of family, race, and class to argue that adoption is powerfully implicated in the question of who can have a future in the twenty-first-century United States. With a unique focus on the role that social workers and other  Read more...
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Mariner, Kathryn A., 1986- author.
Contingent kinship
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019016311
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn A Mariner
ISBN: 9780520299566 0520299566 9780520299559 0520299558
OCLC Number: 1055262441
Description: xiv, 269 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : to speculate intimately --
Suspect and spectral (m)others --
Protective inspections --
Temporal uncertainties --
Kinship's costs --
Closure --
Conclusion : intimacy's intricacies.
Series Title: Atelier (Oakland, Calif.), 2.
Responsibility: Kathryn A. Mariner.

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"Based on ethnographic fieldwork at a small Chicago adoption agency specializing in transracial adoption, Contingent Kinship charts the entanglement of institutional structures and ideologies of family, race, and class to argue that adoption is powerfully implicated in the question of who can have a future in the twenty-first-century United States. With a unique focus on the role that social workers and other professionals play in mediating relationships between expectant mothers and prospective adopters, Kathryn A. Mariner develops the concept of "intimate speculation," a complex assemblage of investment, observation, and anticipation that shapes the adoption process into an elaborate mechanism for creating, dissolving, and exchanging imagined futures. Shifting the emphasis from adoption's outcome to its conditions of possibility, this insightful ethnography places the practice of domestic adoption within a temporal, economic, and affective framework in order to interrogate the social inequality and power dynamics that render adoption--and the families it produces--possible"--Provided by publisher.

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