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Making Families Through Adoption

Making Families Through Adoption

July 2011 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Making Families Through Adoption provides a comprehensive look at adoption practices both in the United States and in other cultures, and a general understanding of the practices and ideology of kinship and family. The subject of adoption allows a window into discussions of what constitutes family or kin, the role of biological connectedness, oversight of parenting practices by the state, and the role of race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic class in the building of families. While reviewing practices of and issues surrounding adoption, the authors highlight the ways these practices and discussions allow us greater insight into overall practices of kinship and family.

Chapter 1. Adoption Across Cultures
Chapter 2. Adoption in the United States: Historical Perspectives
Chapter 3. Adoption: Private Decisions, Public Influences
Chapter 4. Race, Ethnicity, and Racism in Adoption and Fosterage Systems
Chapter 5. The Practices of Transnational Adoption
Further Exploration
Key features

Key Features

  • Examines two broad aspects of adoption: (1) the ways in which adoption reflects attitudes about families and family making, and (2) the ways in which adoption rests on unequal relations of power
  • Reveals how adoption is immersed in cultural and social beliefs, economic transactions, and political realities, arguing that social inequality is at the root of most adoptions
  • Explores the intersections of race, ethnicity, and racism in adoption and fosterage systems in the United States
  • Utilizes a cross-cultural and historical framework to help students understand adoption in the contemporary context
  • Concludes with an appendix of suggested films, web resources, and readings

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