Ascribing identities and negotiating stereotypes: case study of intercountry adoptees

Gehrmann, Richard (2012) Ascribing identities and negotiating stereotypes: case study of intercountry adoptees. In: Cultures in refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia. Studies in Migration and Diaspora. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom, pp. 113-129. ISBN 978-1-4094-3475-7


Negotiating the shadows of the past is a central theme in this analysis of intercountry adoptees. The negotiation is multifaceted and includes adoptees' past experience before their migration to Australia and also includes their experiences of settlement into a new family in a new country. This chapter interrogates the notion that intercountry adoptees lack representation as a collective immigrant community in their own right. While the group is often examined in the context of their adoptive status, few examinations approach them as migrants, thus denying opportunities to understand these aspects of their identities. This chapter explores the notion of a hybrid identity, using this to discuss how intercountry adoptees experience belonging to a possible community. The chapter concludes that intercountry adoptees need to be repositioned as migrants as well is adoptees, and that the process of their settlement and fluid cultural identities are central to their sense of belonging. Examples are taken from a range of adoptees including those from South Korea, China and Ethiopia.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Copyright 2012 Anna Hayes and Robert Mason. Published Version cannot be made available, due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 01:05
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity; intercountry adoption; migration; immigrant community; racism; multculturalism; social inclusion
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare

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