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Adoption, Identity, and Kinship : The Debate over Sealed Birth Records / Katarina Wegar.

Author/Creator:
Wegar, Katarina author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (188 p.)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Adoptees -- United States -- Identification.
Adoption -- United States.
Birthparents -- United States -- Identification.
Confidential communications -- United States.
Registers of births, etc. -- United States -- United States.
Registers of births, etc. -- United States.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Members of adoption triangles-adoptees, birthparents, and adopting parents-must struggle with difficult and sometimes heartrending issues. Should adopted children be enabled to trace their biological parents? Does the individual's right to self-discovery outweigh another's wish for confidentiality? In this thoughtful book, sociologist Katarina Wegar offers a new perspective on adoption and the search debate, placing them within a social context. She argues that Americans who are embroiled in adoption controversies have failed to understand how much the debate, adoption research, and the experience of adoption itself are affected by persistent social beliefs that adopted children are different from and somehow inferior to children reared by their biological families.Wegar begins by considering the historical and legal development of adoption and of sealed-records policies, showing how kinship ideology, the helping professions, and gender issues intersect to frame adoption policies and the ongoing debate. Drawing on articles in social work and mental health journals, activist newsletters, and autobiographies by search activists, as well as on popular images of adoption portrayed in talk shows and other media, she analyzes the rhetoric to reveal the unconscious biases that exist. She concludes with a discussion of ways in which adoption reformers can avoid perpetuating harmful and confining images of those who participate in adoption.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
1. Introduction: Adoption and the Difference Dilemma
2. Adoption, Inequality, and the Law: The Origins of the Sealed Records Controversy
3. Adoption Research: Trends and Perspectives
4. Debating Sealed Records: The Social Construction of Search Narratives
5. Adoption in Popular Culture: Similar Yet Different
6. Conclusion: Adoption in Context
References
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300146387
OCLC:
1024017890
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300146387 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.