Adoptive Families in a Diverse Society

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Katarina Wegar
Rutgers University Press, 2006 - 289 halaman

In recent years, different family types have begun demanding recognition to an unprecedented extent. Despite notable changes to our cultural and academic landscapes, however, adoptive families remain overlooked. According to census data, about two and a half percent of children in the United States are adopted. But mere numbers do not begin to indicate the profound impact that these families have on cultural definitions of kinship.

Adoptive Families in a Diverse Society brings together twenty-one prominent scholars to explore the experience, practice, and policy of adoption in North America. While much existing literature tends to stress the potential problems inherent in non-biological kinship, the essays in this volume consider adoptive family life in a broad and balanced context.

Essays explore our current fascination with genetics, showing how our intense belief that we are produced, shaped, and controlled by our genes has affected the authenticity and value that we credit to adoptive parent/child relations. Other essays look at identity development, community attitudes toward adoption, gay adoptive fathers' experiences, the ways in which single mother adoptive families create kinship, and the ways in which cultural assumptions about race and class operate in the system.

Bringing new perspectives to the topics of kinship, identity, and belonging, this path-breaking book expands more than our understandings of adoptive family life; it urges us to rethink the limits and possibilities of diversity and assimilation in American society.

 

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PART
17
Family Ideals and the Social Construction
29
Implications
43
In Need of Editing
60
Images
71
Adoption and Identity in Social Context
91
Gender Identity
111
Gay Men and Adoption in America
129
PART THREE
175
Adoption Foster Care and Guardianship
190
Interracial Couples Multiracial People and
210
Parental WellBeing in
225
Nomadic Possibilities
259
Notes on Contributors
275
Index
281
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Adoptive Mothers Resisting
146

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Katarina Wegar is an associate professor of sociology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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