Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas by Karen DubinskyBabies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas by Karen Dubinsky

Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas

byKaren Dubinsky

Paperback | June 28, 2010

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While international adoptions have risen in the public eye and recent scholarship has covered transnational adoption from Asia to the U.S., adoptions between North America and Latin America have been overshadowed and, in some cases, forgotten. In this nuanced study of adoption, Karen Dubinsky expands the historical record while she considers the political symbolism of children caught up in adoption and migration controversies in Canada, the United States, Cuba, and Guatemala.

Babies without Borders tells the interrelated stories of Cuban children caught in Operation Peter Pan, adopted Black and Native American children who became icons in the Sixties, and Guatemalan children whose “disappearance” today in transnational adoption networks echoes their fate during the country’s brutal civil war. Drawing from archival research as well as from her critical observations as an adoptive parent, Dubinsky moves debates around transnational adoption beyond the current dichotomy—the good of “humanitarian rescue,” against the evil of “imperialist kidnap.” Integrating the personal with the scholarly, Babies without Borders exposes what happens when children bear the weight of adult political conflicts.

Title:Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the AmericasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2010Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814720927

ISBN - 13:9780814720929

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“By making children the subject of her research, Dubinsky has provided original insight into the moral premises by which power is exercised and experienced. To approach children as highly-prized objects within paradigms of transnational privilege-the continuation of politics by other means-is to expose in the most intimate of settings the ways that the powerful and the powerless are drawn together into an inexorable relationship with one another, with all too predictable outcomes. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking work of exemplary scholarship.”-Louis A. Pèrez, Jr.,,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill