By Christine Ward Gailey
Most americans imagine that shared genes or blood relationships give you the most powerful foundation for relations. What can adoption let us know approximately this frequent trust and American kinship as a rule? Blue-Ribbon infants and Labors of Love examines the methods category, 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 financial dynamics that form adoption rules and practices impact the lives of individuals within the adoption nexus: adopters, adoptees, beginning mom and dad, and brokers inside of and throughout borders. Interviews with white and African-American adopters, adoption social employees, and adoption attorneys, mixed together with her long term participant-observation in adoptive groups, tell her research of ways adopters' ideals parallel or diverge from the dominant assumptions approximately kinship and relatives. Gailey demonstrates that the methods adoptive mom and dad talk about their young ones range throughout hierarchies of race, category, and gender. She exhibits that adopters' notions approximately their kid's backgrounds and early studies, in addition to their very own "family values," impact baby rearing practices. Her large interviews with 131 adopters display profoundly various practices of kinship within the usa today.
Moving past the ideology of "blood is thicker than water," Gailey provides a brand new manner of viewing kinship and relations formation, appropriate to instances of quick social and cultural change.
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Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love: Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practice (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series) by Christine Ward Gailey