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Boundaries of Belonging. Transnational Adoption and the Significance of Origin in Swedish Official Rhetoric
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 3, 56-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how the category of 'transnational adoptees' in Sweden is constructed in two Official Government Reports (SOU). The article is inspired by poststructuralist perspectives on welfare and social categorization, and draws from a postcolonial and feminist theoretical framework. 'Transnational adoptees' as a category is understood as constituted through discourse, and given meaning in different contexts. In the reports, a fundamental importance is attached to the fact that individuals with a background as transnationally adopted have been separated from their birth family and Country of birth. It is argued that mental problems and a split identity are consequences to be expected from the separation. (Re)connection to the origin is therefore considered to be crucial for the well-being of the group. The article concludes that this line of reasoning is based on a specific logic of blood and roots, in which 'transnational adoptees' are understood as belonging to their countries of birth, rather than Sweden. The logic of blood and roots can be read as a form of racialized othering, but also as a discursive exclusion of 'transnational adoptees' from Sweden as an imagined, national community.

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2008. no 3, 56-76 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Categorization, Transnational Adoptees, Origin, Belonging, Discourse
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140248ISI: 000260421400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140248DiVA: diva2:383303
Available from: 2011-01-04 Created: 2011-01-04 Last updated: 2011-01-04Bibliographically approved

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