Spain has one of the highest per capita international adoption rates in the world. Internationally adopted kids are coming from many of the same countries as do the many immigrants who are radically transforming Spain's demographics. Based on interviews with adoptive families, migrant families, and adoption professionals, Jessaca B. Leinaweaver examines the experiences of Latin American children adopted into a rapidly multiculturalizing society. She focuses on Peruvian adoptees and immigrants in Madrid, but her conclusions apply more broadly, to any pairing of adoptees and migrants from the same country. Leinaweaver finds that international adoption, particularly in a context of high rates of transnational migration, is best understood as both a privileged and unusual form of migration, and a crucial and contested method of family formation. Adoptive Migration is a fascinating study of the implications for adopted children of growing up in a country that discriminates against their fellow immigrants.
Jessaca B. Leinaweaver is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. She is the author of The Circulation of Children: Kinship, Adoption, and Morality in Andean Peru, also published by Duke University Press.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction. Comparing Adoption and Migration 1 1. Waiting for a Baby: Adopting the Ideal Immigrant 25 2. The Best Interests of a Migrant's Child: Separating Families or Displacing Children? 47 3. Mixed Marriages: Migrants and Adoption 66 4. Undomesticated Adoption: Adopting the Children of Immigrants 84 5. Solidarity: Postadoptive Overtures 102 6. Becoming and Unbecoming Peruvian: Culture, Ethnicity, and Race 122 Conclusion. What Adoptive Migration Might Mean 148 Notes 155 References 179 Index 193
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