Sunday's L.A. Times features a story about the ways in which western ideas of adoption clash with traditional African kinship systems. According to the article: "There's no word for adoption in [the] Swahili language. It is common
for Africans to send orphaned or impoverished children to live with
richer relatives. . . . Unlike in adoptions, the child remains in regular contact with the parents."
Duke author Jessaca B. Leinaweaver, in her forthcoming book The Circulation of Children: Kinship, Adoption, and Morality in Andean Peru (October 2008), delves into similar issues of kinship and adoption in Andean Peru. Her in-depth ethnographic analysis reveals child circulation to be a meaningful, pragmatic social practice for poor and indigenous Peruvians.