Broken Links, Enduring Ties

Broken Links, Enduring Ties

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Family-making in America is in a state of fluxa€”the ways people compose their families is changing, including those who choose to adopt. Broken Links, Enduring Ties is a groundbreaking comparative investigation of transnational and interracial adoptions in America. Linda Seligmann uncovers the impact of these adoptions over the last twenty years on the ideologies and cultural assumptions that Americans hold about families and how they are constituted. Seligmann explores whether or not new kinds of families and communities are emerging as a result of these adoptions, providing a compelling narrative on how adoptive families thrive and struggle to create lasting ties. Seligmann observed and interviewed numerous adoptive parents and children, non-adoptive families, religious figures, teachers and administrators, and adoption brokers. The book uncovers that adoptiona€”once wholly stigmatizeda€”is now often embraced either as a romanticized mission of rescue or, conversely, as simply one among multiple ways to make a family.So our daughters independently asked us the same question, a€œHow come she has two moms and I dona#39;t? ... Last year, we were talking about Charles, and I said , Oh, yeah, I was talking to Trina, one of the moms. ... Many parents whose a€œcutea€ kids received oohs and aahs when they were little were unprepared for the reality of the school ... There was a story about kids who went up to a Chinese girl and started slanting their eyes, and her question was, a€œWhat are we going to do if they anbsp;...

Title:Broken Links, Enduring Ties
Author:Linda Seligmann
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2013-10-02


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