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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826516181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826516183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Culture Keeping is a sensitive and sympathetic, yet intellectually sophisticated examination of the dynamics of ethnic identity among families who have adopted children from China and Russia. Heather Jacobson shows how American racial dynamics and conceptions of kinship shape the ways in which these interracial families are seen by others and the ways in which adoptive parents work to provide their children with an ethnic identity that reflects their birthplaces. Theoretically rich and empirically rigorous, this book is a valuable contribution to the fields of sociology and family studies. It also is a wonderful resource for adoptive parents because it provides a wider view of the cultural practices and child rearing strategies they engage in.
--Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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Heather Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz on August 10, 2010
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I have never written a review before on Amazon but felt compelled after reading the previous one. To be clear, this is a book based on interviews with White parents of Chinese and Russian children so it is in some ways a research paper. But it is not boring at all and raises very important issues surrounding how White parents approach teaching about their adopted children's cultural heritage. It is a smart book that should be read by scholars as well as parents.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Mayes on February 3, 2010
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I was hoping this book would offer some helpful insight on ways to bring my son's birth culture into our lives. This book was not at all helpful, and quite honestly was boring to read. I was very disappointed.
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