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Palgrave Macmillan

Race in Transnational and Transracial Adoption

ISBN 9781137275226
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

When parents form families by reaching across social barriers (the color line, or the boundaries between 'First World' and 'Third World' nations) to adopt children, where and how does race enter the adoption process? How do agencies, parents, and the adopted children themselves deal with issues of difference in adoption? This volume engages writers from both sides of the Atlantic to take a close look at race in transnational and transracial adoption. The contributors tackle questions of how adoption agencies engage race online; how parents understand race as a factor in raising their adopted children; how culture camps engage with parents and children about racial issues; and how social policy shapes the racial aspects of adoption, for better or worse.

Vilna Bashi Treitler is Professor of Sociology at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. She is the author of The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions (2013) and Survival of the Knitted: Immigrant Social Networks in a Stratified World (2007).

1. Race is a Fiction... Coloring Children and Parents Nonetheless; Vilna Bashi Treitler
2. Disability in the New Black: The Rise of the 'Cleft Lip and Palate Program' in Transracial International Adoption; Elisabeth Raleigh and Barbara Katz Rothman
3. Race and Market Values in Domestic Infant Adoption; Barbara Fedders
4. Changing Ethnicities? Changing Paradigms? The Adoption of Black and Minority Ethnic Children in England; Derek Kirton
5. The Commodification and Online Marketing of Children in International Adoption; Elizabeth Milovidov and Vilna Bashi Treitler
6. 'Someone's Roots': Gender, Rape, and Racialization in Korean American Adoption Narratives; Sandra Patton-Imani
7. Adoptive Parents Creating Neoethnics by Choosing, Avoiding, Keeping and Purchasing Identity; Pamela Quiroz
8. Safely 'Other': The Role of Culture Camps in the Construction of a Racial Identity for Adopted Children; Lori Delale-O'Connor
9. Producing Multiculturalism: Family Formation through Transnational Adoption; Kazuyo Kubo
10. Culture at Camp: White Parents' Understanding of Race; Carla Goar
11. 'Acting White' and 'Acting Black' Exploring Transracial Adoption, Middle-Class Families, and Racial Socialization;
Coleen Butler-Sweet
12. Becoming a 'Chinese-American' Parent: Whiteness, Chinese Cultural Practice, and American Parents of Children Adopted from China; Amy E. Traver
13. Talking about Race and Adoption; Nicole Soojung Callahan

Colleen Butler-Sweet, Sacred Heart University, USA

Nicole Soojung Callahan, independent scholar, USA

Lori Delale-O'Connor, Northwestern University, USA

Barbara Fedders, University of North Carolina, USA

Carla Goar, Kent State University, USA

Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York, USA

Derek Kirton, University of Kent, UK

Kazuyo Kubo, Lesley University, USA

Elizabeth Hunter Milovidov, American Graduate School, France

Sandra Patton-Imani, Drake University, USA

Elizabeth Raleigh, Carleton College, USA

Pamela Anne Quiroz, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

Amy Traver, City University of New York, USA


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