By Christine Ward Gailey

ISBN-10: 0292721277

ISBN-13: 9780292721272

ISBN-10: 0292725701

ISBN-13: 9780292725706

Most americans suppose that shared genes or blood relationships give you the most powerful foundation for relatives. What can adoption let us know approximately this frequent trust and American kinship regularly? Blue-Ribbon infants and Labors of Love examines the methods classification, gender, and race form private and non-private adoption within the usa. Christine Ward Gailey analyzes the controversies surrounding foreign, public, and transracial adoption, and the way the political and fiscal dynamics that form adoption rules and practices impact the lives of individuals within the adoption nexus: adopters, adoptees, delivery mom and dad, and brokers inside of and throughout borders. Interviews with white and African-American adopters, adoption social staff, and adoption attorneys, mixed along with her long term participant-observation in adoptive groups, tell her research of the way adopters' ideals parallel or diverge from the dominant assumptions approximately kinship and relations. Gailey demonstrates that the methods adoptive mom and dad discuss their little ones differ throughout hierarchies of race, classification, and gender. She indicates that adopters' notions approximately their kid's backgrounds and early reports, in addition to their very own "family values," effect baby rearing practices. Her wide interviews with 131 adopters demonstrate profoundly diversified practices of kinship within the usa today.

Moving past the ideology of "blood is thicker than water," Gailey provides a brand new means of viewing kinship and kin formation, appropriate to instances of swift social and cultural change.

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