Fyra nyanser av brunt: Adopterades erfarenheter av svenskhetens gränser, ras och vithet
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Four Shades of Brown : adoptees experiences of Swedishness boundaries, race and whiteness (English)
This study is about the group of transnational adoptees, which means adoptions that includes a transfer of children to families who racially and culturally different from them. The Swedish research regarding to this group of adoptees is relatively limited. Especially in relation to the phenomenon like race, whiteness and racism. There is a need for more knowledge about what it means to be Swedish and non-white, something that the group adoptees has experience of.
The purpose of this study is to examine if, and in that case how, it is possible to discern a pattern of Swedishness boundaries using the adoptees experience, and to find out how notions of race interacts with these experiences. The study is based on a qualitative approach and the empirical material consists of interviews with four adoptees. To understand my empirical data I have chosen to work with several different theoretical perspectives to illustrate the phenomenon as can be seen as border guards of Swedishness concerning to the adoptees. These phenomenon’s are: race and whiteness, and racialization and (everyday) racism. I am also inspired by the American research field of critical race and whiteness studies, but from a Swedish context.
The results show that the main limit for Swedishness goes at the adoptees non-white bodies. It is also by their non-white bodies as they get their belonging in Sweden questioned and can be considered as almost Swedes. It is also their non-Swedish appearance that allows them to be exposed to racialization and racism in everyday life. Thus, it is possible to argue, on the basis of the adoptees stories, that race as construction exists and that we must speak of it to be able to understand how it, as adopted (Swedish), is to live in a non-white body in Sweden today.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 45 p.
Transnational adoptees, race, whiteness, Swedishness, critical race and whiteness studies
Transnationella adoptioner, ras, vithet, svenskhet, kritiska ras- och vithetsstudier
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51722OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51722DiVA: diva2:915922
Subject / course
Sarstrand Marekovic, Anna-Maria, biträdande lektor
Dannefjord, Per, universitetslektor, prefekt