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DEC Adoptive MigrationAdoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain
Jessica B Leinaweaver
2013, Duke University Press
196 pages, paperback

TO Jessica Leinaweaver, international adoption is a form of immigration, albeit one that is unusual and often contested, posing important questions about nationality and identity in a globalising world. In the context of Spain, which has one of the highest per capita international adoption rates in the world, this phenomenon must also be set against rapidly changing demographics fuelled by transnational migration and the cultural transformation that this has engendered. Leinaweaver is particularly interested in the implications of this very contemporary method of family formation for Peruvian adoptees and immigrants in Madrid. She explores how these children negotiate this fast-changing social landscape and the broader social factors that shape the process of assimilation.