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The Resource Constructing transnational and transracial identity : adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Sigalit Ben-Zion, (electronic book ;)

Constructing transnational and transracial identity : adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Sigalit Ben-Zion, (electronic book ;)

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Constructing transnational and transracial identity : adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
Title
Constructing transnational and transracial identity
Title remainder
adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
Statement of responsibility
Sigalit Ben-Zion
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are home to more than 90,000 transnational adoptees of Scandinavian parents raised in a predominantly white environment. This ethnography provides a unique perspective on how these transracial adoptees conceptualize and construct their sense of identity along the intersection of ethnicity, family, and national lines.
  • "This uniquely crafted study far transcends its ethnographic objective of depicting the life worlds of Scandinavian transracial adoptees. The understated tension between the tranquil waters of integration, assimilation, and loyalty on the one hand and the turbulent undercurrents of a sense of belonging to visions of another culture on the other engenders an unexpected troubled identity. In a measured and unassuming manner, Ben-Zion unfolds that color-based predicament as she dismantles run-of-the mill categories such as kinship, embodiment, ethnicity, and nationality. The scholarly, civil, political, and cultural lessons that can be drawn from this finely tuned, sensitive sound box of these different voices of reluctant otherness are tellingly constructive as well as disturbing." - Haim Hazan, Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Israel "Sigalit Ben-Zion takes the reader on a reflexive and thoughtful journey through the worlds, visions, and insights of transracial adoptees in Scandinavia. Outlining the complexities and ambiguities of belonging from the perspective of their voices, it is a timely book that takes the task of giving people a voice in social sciences more serious than many others. When I started reading, I could not stop until the end of the book - that does not happen often!" - Erdmute Alber, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth, Germany
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UK-WkNB
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Ben-Zion, Sigalit
Dewey number
362.7340948
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Adoptees
  • Intercountry adoption
  • Interethnic adoption
  • Group identity
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationalism
Summary expansion
Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are home to more than ninety thousand transnational adoptees of Scandinavian parents raised in a predominantly white environment. Ben-Zion seeks to answer a variety of questions in this multi-sited ethnography, including: How do transcolor adoptees define their social boundaries and negotiate their social position in relation to ethnic Scandinavians and non-European immigrants? What are the different discourses and ideologies imposed on them by these social actors? She provides a unique perspective on how these transcolor adoptees conceptualize and construct their sense of identity along the intersections of racial, ethnic, class, family, and national lines. The book provides fertile ground for comparison by examining their cultural identity in a global context of cultural assimilation, integration, loyalty, membership, familial, ethnic and national belonging, and the experience of having a visible racial identity in a predominantly white environment
Label
Constructing transnational and transracial identity : adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Sigalit Ben-Zion, (electronic book ;)
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
1. The Subject, Method and Scope of this Inquiry 2. Stockholm Fieldwork: From St. Eriksplan to Rinkeby 3. "Living in the Twilight Zone." 4. "No One is More Swedish Than Me!" 5. "Love is Above Culture, Above Blood" 6. "It's Like Taking a Cat and Raising It Like a Dog" 7. "I Didn't Feel Norwegian Enough to Wear the National 8. "I Am Comfortable with the Feeling of Being White!" 9. "Going to the Whiteness" 10. They Can't Afford to Stop Imagining 11. The Construction of Imaginary Homelands 12. Conclusions
Control code
9781137472823
Extent
288 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137480644
Other physical details
3 b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
  • PDF.
  • Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Label
Constructing transnational and transracial identity : adoption and belonging in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Sigalit Ben-Zion, (electronic book ;)
Publication
Contents
1. The Subject, Method and Scope of this Inquiry 2. Stockholm Fieldwork: From St. Eriksplan to Rinkeby 3. "Living in the Twilight Zone." 4. "No One is More Swedish Than Me!" 5. "Love is Above Culture, Above Blood" 6. "It's Like Taking a Cat and Raising It Like a Dog" 7. "I Didn't Feel Norwegian Enough to Wear the National 8. "I Am Comfortable with the Feeling of Being White!" 9. "Going to the Whiteness" 10. They Can't Afford to Stop Imagining 11. The Construction of Imaginary Homelands 12. Conclusions
Control code
9781137472823
Extent
288 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137480644
Other physical details
3 b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
  • PDF.
  • Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user

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