journal

Adoption & Culture

Edited by Emily Hipchen, University of West Georgia

Frequency: Semiannual

Print ISSN: 1944-4990
Electronic ISSN: 2574-2523

Adoption & Culture publishes essays on any aspect of adoption’s intersection with culture, including but not limited to scholarly examinations of adoption practice, law, art, literature, ethics, science, life experiences, film, or any other popular or academic representation of adoption. Adoption & Culture accepts submissions of previously unpublished essays for review

Adoption & Culture is the journal of The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC), which officially formed, through a constitution established in 1998, under the name The Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity, and Kinship. ASAC promotes understanding of the experience, institution, and cultural representation of domestic and transnational adoption and related practices such as fostering, assisted reproduction, LGBTQ+ families, and innovative kinship formations. ASAC considers adoptive kinship to include adoptees, first families, and adoptive kin. In its conferences, other gatherings, and publications ASAC provides a forum for discussion and knowledge creation about adoption and related topics through interdisciplinary, culture-based scholarly study and creative practice that consider many ways of perceiving, interpreting, and understanding adoption.

Subscription to the journal confers membership in the Alliance.

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Adoption & Culture publishes essays on any aspect of adoption’s intersection with culture, including but not limited to scholarly examinations of adoption practice, law, art, literature, ethics, science, life experiences, film, or any other popular or academic representation of adoption. More information is available on the ASAC website.

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Editorial Board

Karen Balcom, History and Women’s Studies, McMaster University, Canada
Susan Bordo, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
E. Wayne Carp, History, Pacific Lutheran University
Sara Dorow, Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada
Sally Haslanger, Philosophy and Women’s Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emily Hipchen, English, University of West Georgia
Ellen Herman, History, University of Oregon
Margaret Homans, English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
Tobias Hübinette, Korean Studies, Multicultural Centre, Sweden
John McLeod, English, University of Leeds
Claudia Nelson, English, Texas A&M University
Marianne Novy, English and Women’s Studies, University of Pittsburgh, emerita
Joyce Maguire Pavao, Psychiatry, Harvard University
Pamela Anne Quiroz, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mary L. Shanley, Political Science and Women’s Studies, Vassar College
Carol Singley, English, American Studies, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University, Camden
Barbara Yngvesson, Anthropology, Hampshire College

VOLUME / NUMBER

*** 2017

CONTENTS

The Sentimentalization of Adoption: A Critical Note on Vivian Zelizer’s Pricing the Priceless Child
E. WAYNE CARP

The Unsustainability of Transnational Adoption in La Vergũenza
JESSACA B. LEINAWEAVER

"How Thoroughly He Has Stolen My Child:" Adoption and Abduction, Religion, and Imperialism in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable Novels
LORI ASKELAND

Forumlating Kinship: Asian Adoption Narratives and Crime Literature
JENNY HEIJUM WILLS

From Hagiography to Personal Pain: Stories of Australian Foster Care from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries
DEE MICHELL

Reviews

Lion
MARINA FEDOSIK

Karen A. Balcom’s The Traffic in Babies: Cross-Border Adoption and Baby-Selling between the United States and Canada, 1930-1972
Laura Briggs’s Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption
Karen Dubinsky’s Babies without Borders: Adoption and Migration across the Americas
LORI ASKELAND

Margarent Homans’s The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility
JOHN MCLEOD

John McLeod's Life Lines: Writing Transcultural Adoption
MARGARENT HOMANS

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