Introduction: Family Making in an Age of Uncertainty

in Kinship by Design

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226327594
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226328072 | DOI:
Introduction: Family Making in an Age of Uncertainty

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This introductory chapter begins by discussing the concept of kinship by design. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to explain when, why, and how regulation, interpretation, standardization, and naturalization changed adoption. The fact that they did suggests that kinship by design matters not only for adoption and family life but also for far-reaching efforts in modern U.S. history to administer the present and direct the future. This is followed by a discussion of how kinship by design made adoption modern by making it therapeutic. The term therapeutic designates a type of government that included the operations of the welfare state but extended to many forms of managerialism. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: kinship by design; adoption; family life; therapeutic government

Chapter.  6936 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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