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From primal to colonial wound : Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing

Atamhi Cawayu (UGent) and Katrien De Graeve (UGent)
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This paper provides a critical analysis of the narratives of Bolivian adoptees in Belgium. We discuss how the adoptees look back upon the imagery of family and culture invoked by their parents and wider social environment and how this imagery has affected their sense of self and belonging. We argue that the adoptees' narratives testify of a discursive struggle to reclaim control over their lives and histories. While they draw upon prevailing discourses that tend to imagine adoptees as 'wounded', they do so in diverse, complex and at times contradictory ways. Their perceptions of the familial and cultural imagery show that while they do not entirely reject the idea of being hurt, they seem to make a shift from explaining this 'wound' in individual-psychological terms to explaining it in social terms, making use of emerging anti-racist and decolonial perspectives.
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Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Cultural Studies, Anthropology, transnational adoption, Bolivian adoptees, colonial wound, culture work, identity formation, healing, TRANSNATIONAL ADOPTION, INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION, CHILDREN, CITIZENSHIP, IDENTITY, SCHOLARS

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Cawayu, Atamhi, and Katrien De Graeve. “From Primal to Colonial Wound : Bolivian Adoptees Reclaiming the Narrative of Healing.” IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER, 2022, pp. 1–18, doi:10.1080/1070289x.2020.1757254.
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Cawayu, A., & De Graeve, K. (2022). From primal to colonial wound : Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing. IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289x.2020.1757254
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Cawayu, Atamhi, and Katrien De Graeve. 2022. “From Primal to Colonial Wound : Bolivian Adoptees Reclaiming the Narrative of Healing.” IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289x.2020.1757254.
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Cawayu, Atamhi, and Katrien De Graeve. 2022. “From Primal to Colonial Wound : Bolivian Adoptees Reclaiming the Narrative of Healing.” IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER: 1–18. doi:10.1080/1070289x.2020.1757254.
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Cawayu A, De Graeve K. From primal to colonial wound : Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing. IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER. 2022;1–18.
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A. Cawayu and K. De Graeve, “From primal to colonial wound : Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing,” IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER, pp. 1–18, 2022.
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  abstract     = {{This paper provides a critical analysis of the narratives of Bolivian adoptees in Belgium. We discuss how the adoptees look back upon the imagery of family and culture invoked by their parents and wider social environment and how this imagery has affected their sense of self and belonging. We argue that the adoptees' narratives testify of a discursive struggle to reclaim control over their lives and histories. While they draw upon prevailing discourses that tend to imagine adoptees as 'wounded', they do so in diverse, complex and at times contradictory ways. Their perceptions of the familial and cultural imagery show that while they do not entirely reject the idea of being hurt, they seem to make a shift from explaining this 'wound' in individual-psychological terms to explaining it in social terms, making use of emerging anti-racist and decolonial perspectives.}},
  author       = {{Cawayu, Atamhi and De Graeve, Katrien}},
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  journal      = {{IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER}},
  keywords     = {{Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Cultural Studies,Anthropology,transnational adoption,Bolivian adoptees,colonial wound,culture work,identity formation,healing,TRANSNATIONAL ADOPTION,INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION,CHILDREN,CITIZENSHIP,IDENTITY,SCHOLARS}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{1--18}},
  title        = {{From primal to colonial wound : Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1070289x.2020.1757254}},
  year         = {{2022}},
}

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