Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Childcare, Surrogacy, International Adoption and the Politics of Reproduction


Our daily news is replete with examples of the disruptive influence of migration.

Here in Southern California, we’ve been impacted by Central American children escaping social chaos at home for a better life in the U.S.
At the same time, some of us welcome home children who have been adopted internationally.

Why are children from other countries treated differently depending on why they have arrived here?

Jessaca Leinaweaver is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, where she is affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Her work delves into the politics of reproduction - illustrated by child care, adoption, new reproductive technologies, and family separation - based on her comparative research into Latin American and Spanish cultures.

Leinaweaver has authored works on different aspects of adoption including The Circulation of Children: Adoption, Kinship, and Morality in Andean Peru (Duke, 2008), which won the Margaret Mead Award, and her most recent work Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain (Duke, 2013). She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fulbright IIE, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.

Join Dr. Leinaweaver and BCOC for a provocative discussion of the causes – and possible solutions – to these social trends.

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