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Babies without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Dubinsky,Karen (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2010
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781442610194
Published:
Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, Inc.
ISBN:
9781442610194
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, United States, Blacks, Native Americans, Adoption, Central America, Cubans, Migrants and migration, Children and youth, Guatemalans
Notes:
204 p., International adoptions are both high-profile and controversial, with the celebrity adoptions and critically acclaimed movies such as Casa de los babys of recent years increasing media coverage and influencing public opinion. Neither celebrating nor condemning cross-cultural adoption, the author considers the political symbolism of children in an examination of adoption and migration controversies in North America, Cuba, and Guatemala. The book tells the interrelated stories of Cuban children caught in Operation Peter Pan, adopted Black and Native American children who became icons in the Sixties, and Guatemalan children whose 'disappearance' today in transnational adoption networks echoes their fate during the country's brutal civil war. Drawing from extensive research as well as from her critical observations as an adoptive parent, the author aims to move adoption debates beyond the current dichotomy of 'imperialist kidnap' versus 'humanitarian rescue.'.