Somebody's Children

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-07
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
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A feminist historian and an adoptive parent, Laura Briggs gives an account of transracial and transnational adoption from the point of view of the mothers and communities that lose their children. Briggs sees adoption as part of larger structures of inequality (poor people do not adopt the children of the wealthy, as she points out). In the U.S., Black, Latina, and Native American mothers are more likely to be pressed to give up their children and in Latin America violence and poverty have spurred less-than-consensual adoptions. Briggs traces the histories of the changing circumstances of such adoptions from the mid-20th century through the present.

Author Biography

Laura Briggs is Chair and Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico and a co-editor of International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Transracial Adoption In The United States
African American Children and Adoption, 1950-1975p. 27
The Making of the Indian Child Welfare Act, 1922-1978p. 59
"Crack Babies," Race, and Adoption Reform, 1975-2000p. 94
Transnational Adoption And Latin America
From Refugees to Madonnas of the Cold Warp. 129
Uncivil Warsp. 160
Latin American Family Valuesp. 197
Emerging Fights Over The Politics Of Adoption
Gay and Lesbian Adoption in the United Statesp. 241
Epilogue U.S. Immigrants: The Next Fight over Race, Adoption, and Foster Care?p. 269
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 353
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