Frances Latchford Adoption and Mothering

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Adoption and Mothering

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9780986667152: Adoption and Mothering

Adoption and Mothering is an international and interdisciplinary collection that examines birthmothers and adoptive mothers; it investigates debate, discourse, and the politics of adoption that surrounds them and impacts contemporary notions of motherhood as biological and non-biological kin in North American contexts. Written by authors from disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences, its essays offer critical perspectives on adoption and mothering that challenge institutionalized ideas, assumptions, pathologies, and psychologies that are used to interpret birthmothers and adoptive mothers. Its authors interrogate questions of race, gender, disability, class and sexuality as they relate to the experience, identity, and subjectivity of mothers who are marked by the institution of adoption. It investigates historical and contemporary themes, language, law, and practices that concern mothering in closed and open adoption systems, and in transracial and transnational adoption. It critically explores the expectations, scrutiny, and liminality that birthmothers and adoptive mothers often face. It looks at imperatives that mothers be the keepers of culture, potential adversaries, and borderland mothers. In effect, it creates a productive and exciting dialogue between birthmothers and adoptive mothers to challenge traditional notions of motherhood

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Frances Latchford is an Associate Professor in the School of Women s Studies at York University in Toronto. Her adoption research is informed by feminist social and political philosophy that utilizes continental, poststructuralist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and queer theories of subjectivity. Currently, she is completing a monograph, Steeped In Blood: Crimes against the Family under the Tyranny of a Bio-genealogical Imperative, which considers the production of family experience through discourses of family, adoption, sexuality and incest in the modern Western context. She has also published articles examining drag and transsexuality in theatrical performance, queer identity, subjectivity, same-sex rights, and ethical knowledge.

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This book will appeal to a wide variety of audiences: students, lay people, and academics alike. The articles, all enlightening and well-written, employ a variety of disciplines to shed light on novel topics in adoption and to elucidate more familiar ones. Even those very familiar with adoption scholarship can expect some aha moments. - --Martha Satz, adoptive mother, writer and assistant professor at Southern Methodist University

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