Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption

Somebody s Children The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption In Somebody s Children Laura Briggs examines the social and cultural forces poverty racism economic inequality and political violence that have shaped transracial and transnational adoption in the

  • Title: Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption
  • Author: LauraBriggs
  • ISBN: 9780822351610
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Somebody s Children, Laura Briggs examines the social and cultural forces poverty, racism, economic inequality, and political violence that have shaped transracial and transnational adoption in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty first Focusing particularly on the experiences of those who have lost theirIn Somebody s Children, Laura Briggs examines the social and cultural forces poverty, racism, economic inequality, and political violence that have shaped transracial and transnational adoption in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty first Focusing particularly on the experiences of those who have lost their children to adoption, Briggs analyzes the circumstances under which African American and Native mothers in the United States and indigenous and poor women in Latin America have felt pressed to give up their children for adoption or have lost them involuntarily.The dramatic expansion of transracial and transnational adoption since the 1950s, Briggs argues, was the result of specific and profound political and social changes, including the large scale removal of Native children from their parents, the condemnation of single African American mothers in the context of the civil rights struggle, and the largely invented crack babies scare that inaugurated the dramatic withdrawal of benefits to poor mothers in the United States In Guatemala, El Salvador, and Argentina, governments disappeared children during the Cold War and then imposed neoliberal economic regimes with U.S support, making the circulation of children across national borders easy and often profitable Concluding with an assessment of present day controversies surrounding gay and lesbian adoptions and the struggles of immigrants fearful of losing their children to foster care, Briggs challenges celebratory or otherwise simplistic accounts of transracial and transnational adoption by revealing some of their unacknowledged causes and costs.

    One thought on “Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption”

    1. As an adoptee and conscious citizen, this book was life-changing in how it illustrates the interconnectedness of child welfare, institutional racism, and US interventionism in 20th/21st century US history. A very important book to me.

    2. Briggs explores the history of taking children from women through societal or political force: various ideations of black women, Native American women, political targets in Guatemala, immigrants to the US. An interesting exploration of how we in the US see adoption, the women whose children are adopted or put into foster care, and the children who are adopted.

    3. Briggs makes a convincing argument for a re-telling and rethinking of adoption both domestically within the US and transnationally. Written from a feminist and critical perspective, she documents the history of how foster and adoption systems came into being and makes a general argument that we ought to give more attention to how children end up there (as opposed to what ought to be done with them). She contends that adoption has been a symbolic and political arena whose potency has been out of [...]

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