Legitimating Life

Adoption in the Age of Globalization and Biotechnology

«“In Legitimating Life, Sonja van Wichelen provides a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of international adoption into a technology of reproduction through the imposition of a legal 'clean break' that decouples the child from its family and community of origin so that it can become a global resource for producing 'as-if-begotten' families in Europe and North America. Legitimating Life makes a compelling case for a new politics of international adoption that opens up a landscape for 'the doing and desiring of kinship otherwise,' even as it secures the right of every child to family life, as mandated by international law.”»

Barbara Yngvesson, author of Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption
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Forlag
Rutgers University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
224
ISBN
9781978800526
Utgivelsesår
2018
Format
23 x 15 cm

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«“In Legitimating Life, Sonja van Wichelen provides a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of international adoption into a technology of reproduction through the imposition of a legal 'clean break' that decouples the child from its family and community of origin so that it can become a global resource for producing 'as-if-begotten' families in Europe and North America. Legitimating Life makes a compelling case for a new politics of international adoption that opens up a landscape for 'the doing and desiring of kinship otherwise,' even as it secures the right of every child to family life, as mandated by international law.”»

Barbara Yngvesson, author of Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption

"Van Wichelen offers a captivating and capacious framework for understanding global reproduction and modern family formation. Using ethnographic moments in international adoption as a launch point, she develops a sophisticated critique of the interrelations among humanitarianism, rights, and biomedicalization."

Sara Dorow, author of Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship

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