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Author Hearst, Alice.

Title Children and the politics of cultural belonging / Alice Hearst, Smith College.

Published Cambridge [UK] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
 Law Library - First Floor  HV875.64 .H43 2012     AVAILABLE
Descript viii, 204 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book explores the debate over communal and cultural belonging in three contexts: domestic transracial adoptions of non-American Indian children, the scope of tribal authority over American Indian children, and cultural and communal belonging for transnationally adopted children"-- Provided by publisher.
"Providing families for children in need is unquestionably a worthy goal. Adoption conjures soft-focus images of abandoned and vulnerable innocents welcomed into families who can love and nurture them. People who choose to engage in stranger adoptions - adoptions that do not involve kin or stepparents - are typically motivated both by a desire to become a parent and by a wish to do good in the world. The families thus created are, in fact, miraculous, and these families often work hard not only to provide for a found and chosen child but to give back to the communities from which the child originated. The uplifting story of family creation enabled by adoption, however, tows a darker story of marginalization and loss in its wake. Historically, adoption in the United States was not simply about providing care for needy children; it was also explicitly driven by the desire to move children from unsuitable to suitable families"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Machine generated contents note: 1. Children, law, and belonging; 2. Community, identity, and the importance of belonging; 3. Rainbow dreams and domestic transracial adoption; 4. Reclaiming the diaspora: American Indian children; 5. Transnational adoption in a shifting world; 6. Conclusion.
Subject Interracial adoption -- United States.
Interethnic adoption -- United States.
Intercountry adoption -- United States.
Adopted children -- United States.
Indian foster children -- United States.
ISBN 9781107017863