On moving children: The social implications of Andean child circulation
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 163–180, February 2007
How to Cite
LEINAWEAVER, J. B. (2007), On moving children: The social implications of Andean child circulation. American Ethnologist, 34: 163–180. doi: 10.1525/ae.2007.34.1.163
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
In this article, I draw from ethnographic research in Ayacucho, Peru, to describe how rural-to-urban migrants move children between houses as part of a common survival and betterment strategy in the context of social and economic inequality. Such “child circulations” produce and strengthen kinship and are an important part of local family-making efforts. My investigation of child circulation grounds a critical assessment of Peru's globalized adoption system, which implicitly denaturalizes the parenting of poor, indigenous Peruvians.