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"Chosen Children" examines the role of the adoption marketplace in shaping how transracial adoptive families are sorted and matched, and analyzes what these practices suggest about race in the United States. In contrast to previous work on race and adoption markets that focus on the experiences of adoptive parents, Raleigh's project focuses on adoption workers--social workers, attorneys, and counselors. Taking a market approach that treats adoptive parents as consumers and children as commodities, Raleigh brings together interviews with adoption practitioners, participant observation at adoption information sessions, and adoption statistics in order to demonstrate how the downturn in supply of "adoptable honorary white children" (which she defines as Asian and hispanic children) led to the increased popularity of the transracial adoption of foreign-born and biracial black children.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-35
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  1. 1. Staying Afloat in a Perfect Storm
  2. pp. 36-63
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  1. 2. Uneasy Consumers: The Emotion Work of Marketing Adoption
  2. pp. 64-93
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  1. 3. Transracial Adoption as a Market Calculation
  2. pp. 94-127
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  1. 4. “And You Get to Black”: Racial Hierarchies and the Black–Non-Black Divide
  2. pp. 128-162
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  1. 5. Selling Transracial Adoption: Social Workers’ Ideals and Market Concessions
  2. pp. 163-189
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  1. Conclusion: The Consequences of Selling Transracial Adoption and the Implications for Adoptive Families
  2. pp. 190-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. References
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-237
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439914793
Related ISBN
9781439914779
MARC Record
OCLC
1103680584
Pages
274
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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