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Festive gatherings and culture work in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families

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Although there has been growing academic interest in the tendency among transnational adoptive parents in the West to incorporate aspects of the child’s so-called ‘birth culture’ into their lives, much less attention is paid to the role that this culture work plays in families’ quest for full and good citizenship. By drawing on fieldwork among Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families in a range of different settings, this article frames this practice as conscious and political citizenship work. Although the parenting work can open up possibilities to provide a more dynamic view on identity and citizenship, essentialist views on culture and the tendency to downplay racism and global inequalities create considerable constraints.
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citizenship, Belgium, RACE, ADOPTEES, IDENTITY, CITIZENSHIP, identity, parenting, racism, transnational adoption

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De Graeve, Katrien. “Festive Gatherings and Culture Work in Flemish-Ethiopian Adoptive Families.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES 16.5 (2013): 548–564. Print.
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De Graeve, K. (2013). Festive gatherings and culture work in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 16(5), 548–564.
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De Graeve, Katrien. 2013. “Festive Gatherings and Culture Work in Flemish-Ethiopian Adoptive Families.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 16 (5): 548–564.
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De Graeve, Katrien. 2013. “Festive Gatherings and Culture Work in Flemish-Ethiopian Adoptive Families.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 16 (5): 548–564.
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De Graeve K. Festive gatherings and culture work in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES. 2013;16(5):548–64.
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K. De Graeve, “Festive gatherings and culture work in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 548–564, 2013.
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  abstract     = {Although there has been growing academic interest in the tendency among transnational adoptive parents in the West to incorporate aspects of the child’s so-called ‘birth culture’ into their lives, much less attention is paid to the role that this culture work plays in families’ quest for full and good citizenship. By drawing on fieldwork among Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families in a range of different settings, this article frames this practice as conscious and political citizenship work. Although the parenting work can open up possibilities to provide a more dynamic view on identity and citizenship, essentialist views on culture and the tendency to downplay racism and global inequalities create considerable constraints.},
  author       = {De Graeve, Katrien},
  issn         = {1367-5494},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES},
  keywords     = {citizenship,Belgium,RACE,ADOPTEES,IDENTITY,CITIZENSHIP,identity,parenting,racism,transnational adoption},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {548--564},
  title        = {Festive gatherings and culture work in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549413476009},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2013},
}

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