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Adoption with complications: Conversations with adoptees and adoptive parents on everyday racism and ethnic identity
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Education.
2010 (English)In: International Social Work, ISSN 0020-8728, E-ISSN 1461-7234, Vol. 53, no 4, 489-509 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is based on qualitative interviews with 20 adult international adoptees of colour and eight adoptive parents with internationally adopted children in Sweden regarding their experiences of racialization, ethnic identifications and coping strategies. The findings suggest that the non-white bodies of the adoptees are constantly made significant in their everyday lives in interactions with the white Swedish majority population, whether expressed as 'curious questions' concerning the ethnic origin of the adoptees or as outright aggressive racialization. The study argues that race has to be taken into consideration by Swedish adoption research and the Swedish adoption community, to be able to fully grasp the high preponderance of psychic ill health among adult adoptees as found by quantitative adoption research.

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2010. Vol. 53, no 4, 489-509 p.
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13329DOI: 10.1177/0020872809359272ISI: 000279554800004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954274523OAI: diva2:456518
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-14 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved

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