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Claiming Others : Transracial Adoption and National Belonging - Mark C. Jerng

Claiming Others

Transracial Adoption and National Belonging

Paperback Published: 19th November 2010
ISBN: 9780816669592
Number Of Pages: 306

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Transracial adoption has recently become a hotly contested subject of contemporary and critical concern, with scholars across the disciplines working to unravel its complex implications. In "Claiming Others," Mark C. Jerng traces the practice of adoption to the early nineteenth century, revealing its surprising centrality to American literature, law, and social thought.
Jerng considers how adoption makes us rethink the parent-child bond as central to issues of race and nationality, showing the ways adoption also speaks to broader questions about our history and identity. He analyzes adoption through a diverse set of texts, including the 1851 Massachusetts statute that established adoption as we understand it today, early adoption manuals, the "New York Times" blog Relative Choices, and the work of John Tanner, Lydia Maria Child, William Faulkner, Charles Chesnutt, Chang-rae Lee, and David Henry Hwang.
Imaginative and social practices of transracial adoption have shaped major controversies, Jerng argues, from Native American removal to slavery to cold war expansionism in the twentieth century and the contemporary global market in children. As "Claiming Others" makes clear, understanding adoption is crucial not just to understanding the history between races in the United States, but also the meaning of emancipation and the role of family in nationhood.

Introduction: Transracial Adoption and the Reproduction of Personhoodp. vii
On The Borders of Kinship
Competing Logics of Possession
Unredeemed Captives in the 1820sp. 3
Unmanageable Attachments
Slavery, Abolition, and the Transformation of Kinshipp. 45
The Character of Race
Individuation and the Institutionalization of Adoptionp. 85
Between Rights and Needs
The Right to Belong
Legal Norms, Cultural Origins, and Adoptee Identityp. 125
Resisting Recognition
Narrating Transracial Adoptees as Subjectsp. 168
Making Family "Look like Real"
Transracial Adoption and the Challenge to Familyp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 245
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780816669592
ISBN-10: 0816669597
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 19th November 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39