9780822351610

Somebody's Children

  • ISBN 13:

    9780822351610

  • ISBN 10:

    0822351617

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/07/2012
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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Summary

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.

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