“For we are not really just talking about adoption, but also about the various displacements and dispossessions of which adoption unfortunately forms just one category. Breaking with one’s class identity thus reveals the world of those who similarly, for economic and political reasons, have been removed from their place, dispossessed from their family, and who are equally left longing for Return. The time has come to seek and find Home, for one and for all. “
The new page here is excerpted from a presentation made at the Adoption Initiative Conference that was held at St. John’s University in New York, October 2012. The theme of the conference was “Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption”, and my presentation was entitled: “Islamophobia and Adoption: Who Are the Civilized?”
Before I could speak about the realm of adoption within Islamic cultures and the current goal of opening up Muslim-majority countries to adoption, I felt it necessary to spell out the economic and political context of adoption, and then the mapping of adoption onto greater exploitative practices of capitalism, neo-liberalism, and globalization.
This page reflects this first part; I am hoping to eventually publish this as a paper, and then a greater expansion of the whole in book form.