Visibly ethnically different families in Denmark & Sweden: experiences of (psycho) social in/exclusion

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Abstract

This paper foregounds visibly ethnically different families (Phoenix, 2011) in Denmark. These comprise both.families with parents from two different countries (India and Denmark) and families with transnational adoptees (South Korea). The former are barely scientifically explored due to the dominant colorblindness discourse, while later comprise a heated topic challenging poor (global south) adoptee meeting a loving Danish family’ discourse.

How do these family members narrate their experiences of societal encounter is the research question, which is answered through two qualitative interview studies of intermarried persons N =14, (Singla, 2015) and transnational adoptees N= 35 (Myong, 2011). respectively.The narratives are analysed for the meaning making processes within theoretical frameworks comprising of intersectionality combined with everyday life approach in the former and poststructuralism in the latter.

The results indicate both the possibilities and the limitations involved, highlighting the internal - intersubjective experiences, and the external aspects - the structural factors, other(s) gaze towards the visible differences. Furthermore some parental experiences in transmitting racial literacy- identifying racism as a serious problem and preparing children to cope are seen. For the transnational adoptees, inclusion as Danish implies exclusion from categories such as Korean. Also anxiety from the adoptive family regarding exclusion/alienation entails ambivalences and paradoxes.

Alongside colorblindness, limited/ missing racialisation discussions, the visible bodies of spouses, children in the mixed families and the transnational adoptees are made salient in their everyday lives in interactions with the white majority population through experiences as gaze, curious questions concerning the ethnic origin or direct exclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2 Sep 2016
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2016
Event8th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations August 31 - September 3, 2016, TU Dortmund University, Germany: Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations - TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany
Duration: 31 Aug 20163 Sep 2016
Conference number: 8
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Conference8th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations August 31 - September 3, 2016, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Number8
LocationTU Dortmund University
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityDortmund
Period31/08/201603/09/2016
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