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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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Refiguring Kinship in the Space of Adoption

Refiguring Kinship in the Space of Adoption

(p.103) Chapter 5 Refiguring Kinship in the Space of Adoption
International Adoption

Barbara Yngvesson

NYU Press

This chapter suggests reconsidering the principle of plenary adoption that is currently enshrined in international conventions and adoption laws in most European–American nations. It examines both the efforts of adoptive families and receiving countries to incorporate internationally adopted children and the movement among some adopted young adults to reunite with their officially nonexistent kin or revisit their counties of origin, and in doing so it explores how transracial adoptees and their parents wrestle with the complexity of biogenetic and cultural identities in an increasingly global world. Their stories suggest the power of idiomatic discourses of biogenetic connection in practices of adoptive kinship, even as they point to the kinds of work that are involved in producing new forms of relatedness.

Keywords:   plenary adoption, adoptive families, internationally adopted children, biogenetics, cultural identities, adoptive kinship

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