“Almost the Same, but not Quite ”: Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Narratives

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“Almost the Same, but not Quite ”: Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Narratives

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dc.contributor.author Wyver, Richey
dc.contributor.editor Hellström, Anders
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-16T09:08:55Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-16T09:08:55Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 58 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24878
dc.description.abstract This study uses Bhabha’s concept of mimicry to explore how the transnational/-racial adoptee is discursively shaped in Swedish adoption narratives against a pro-adoption, colour-blind backdrop. Through an analysis of three Swedish adoption texts, the study explores the process and implications of the adoptee’s body being translated from complete otherness into (almost) Swedishness. The study suggests that mimicry emerges as a process beginning with the adoptee being desired as a body of difference that can potentially become an almost Swede. The adoptee, with a difference that is visible but disavowed and a sameness that is over-communicated but misrecognised, becomes trapped in a constant negotiation of identity, as they slip between being desired as an authorised version of otherness and being an isolated subject of racism, alienated from belonging to a recognised minority. The adoptee’s mimicry is prone to turn into menace, where they pose a threat to the identity of the white Swede and white Swedishness. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries MIM Working Papers Serie;17:7
dc.subject Transnational/Transracial Adoption en_US
dc.subject International Adoption en_US
dc.subject Mimicry en_US
dc.subject Deconstructive Narrative Analysis en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title “Almost the Same, but not Quite ”: Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Narratives en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.identifier.paperprint 0 en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.description.other Author Biography Richey Wyver is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He studied at Malmö University between 2011 and 2016, completing a BA and MA in International Migration and Ethnic Relations. His current research explores the phenomenon of Swedish collective international transracial adoption desire, examining the role of literature, culture, media and the imagery of the adoptee body in reproducing and justifying adoption desire. en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en_US
dc.contributor.centre Malmö University. Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) en_US
mahlocal.rights.eplikt Yes en_US
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