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Adoption Revolutions

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226328072.003.0007
Adoption Revolutions

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This chapter examines adoption revolutions. The changes revealed that there was nothing fixed and foundational about even those policies and practices devoted to emulating a reassuringly fixed and foundational nature. The democratization of adoption that followed from considering many more children eligible for family belonging after 1945 revealed how limited the project of kinship by design had been up to that point and how allergic it had been to threatening differences. Instead of undermining the design project itself, adoption revolutions at midcentury resulted in extending regulation, interpretation, standardization, and naturalization to more people in more ways than ever before. Adoption revolutions, old and new, tried to reconcile difference with equality.

Keywords: adoption; democratization; kinship by design; regulation

Chapter.  13358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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