Making Families Through Adoption (Contemporary Family Perspectives (CFP))

Making Families Through Adoption (Contemporary Family Perspectives (CFP))

By: Nancy E. Riley (author), Krista E. Van Vleet (author)Paperback

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This volume examines adoption as a way of understanding the practices and ideology of kinship and family more generally. Adoption allows a window onto discussions of what constitute 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. The book 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. 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.

About Author

Nancy Riley is a sociologist whose research focuses on family, gender and population and China. She has recently finished a project (Laboring in Paradise: Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone) in Dalian, China, on the family lives of women factory workers. Courses taught include Families, Sociology of Gender, Contemporary Chinese Societies, and Introduction to Human Population. She is also interested in the experiences of Chinese in the United States and is currently doing research on Honolulu's Chinatown, examining how the unusual history and racial make-up of that city influences Chinatown. Krista Van Vleet's research focuses on the practices and politics of kinship and gender among Native Andeans in Bolivia. She is particularly interested in how discourses of emotion such as 'love' and 'envy' are mobilized by individuals of different generations and genders, and how these discourses are situated in a changing social, political, and economic context. Her most recent research focuses on narrative and religion and explores the ways Andean Catholics, international missionaries, and evangelical Protestants in Bolivia express divergent conceptions of morality and gendered identity. She is also currently engaged in research on the interrelationships of narrative and non-verbal expression, and is exploring the use of digital video in research and teaching. She teaches courses in Anthropology, some of which are also cross-listed in Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies.


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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412998000
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9781412998000
  • ISBN10: 141299800X

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