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Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption Paperback – March 7, 2012


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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; 2.6.2012 edition (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822351617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822351610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heroic rescue narratives of "orphaned" brown babies—from the adoption of native children to the fairy-tale story of Zahara Jolie-Pitt—often crumble under scrutiny. Briggs, who adopted a Mexican American daughter, looks unflinchingly at the disturbing history of U.S. adoption across race and borders." - Ms. Magazine


"For decades, a child-saving ideology that devalues the bonds of children of color with their families and communities has served to mask social, economic, and political inequities in the United States and abroad. Laura Briggs's astute analysis exposes the historical struggles underlying this devaluation in domestic and foreign policies. Somebody's Children is essential reading for everyone concerned about the politics of adoption and the equal dignity of families worldwide."—Dorothy Roberts, author of the books Killing the Black Body, Shattered Bonds, and Fatal Invention


"I have been longing for someone to write this book for a number of years—and how fortunate we are that Laura Briggs has made this her project; she is an outstanding scholar and thinker. A brilliant and wide-ranging book, Somebody's Children makes a powerful contribution to the study of adoption. The public policy implications of Briggs's work are stunning, and I hope this book will contribute to reshaping adoption practice in the United States."—Rickie Solinger, author of Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America

About the Author

Laura Briggs is Chair and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico and coeditor of International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children.


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Dr. Laura Briggs is Professor and Chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She writes and teaches about reproductive politics, feminism, race, and the relationships of the U.S. and Latin America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeniferkate on January 19, 2013
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Amazing book. The author deftly undermines all of the received wisdom about adoption and thoroughly analyzes the socioeconomic and political reasons that poor and disenfranchised women are compelled to surrender their children. A necessary book on a subject that is too frequently given short shrift. This reviewer can only hope that more such books follow, puncturing the myth that adoption is a solution that works for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michiganreader on December 6, 2013
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In an amazingly readable and engaging text, Briggs shows the ways adoption policy is shaped by most of the major issues in American society, including women's sexuality and participation in the work force, welfare policy, struggles for equality by African Americans and Native Americans, and political turmoil overseas. A white adoptive parent of a Latino daughter, Briggs is sympathetic to adoptive parents and children but clear-eyed regarding the policies that result in erasing birth parents and denying poor families the support to raise their children. It is also meticulously researched--the material on adoption and American Indians, for example, included insights and facts that were new to me, although I teach and write on law and American Indians. It's also just such a good read, completely avoiding all the jargon or deadening writing that usually characterize academic work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Baker on April 25, 2014
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Everyone needs to read this book but sadly most won't. This book shows how much of the discourse and politics surrounding adoption originated. It demonstrates clearly how poorer mothers and children are victimized by national and international adoption laws.
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