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Leseempfehlung: Racial Identity for Transracially Adopted Persons

Juni 23, 2013

Hier, auf „The Declassified Adoptee“, findet sich ein ausgesprochen lesenswerter Beitrag über Susan Harris O’Connor.

Sie hat eine Theorie über die Identitätsentwicklung von „transracially adopted persons“ entwickelt, welche in den USA als Ratgeber für Adoptiv- und Pflegefamilien von Kindern anderer ethnischer Herkunft dient.

Ein Auszug aus der Vorstellung der Autorin und ihrer Theorie:

When she was finished, she found that she had unfolded 5 dimensions of racial identity: genetic racial identity, imposed racial identity, cognitive racial identity, visual racial identity, and feeling racial identity. That her racial identity was dynamic, non-static and non-hierarchical in nature. She first released her model in 1999. And, she would later learn with colleagues Ung and Pillidge that it beautifully fit within the framework of ecology theory.
Susan describes how she carefully peeled away the layers of her racial identity, one by one to examine them, as being under a surgeon’s knife. She understands that such a close look at Self and acknowledging challenges may make people uncomfortable. “We don’t have to be boxed.” She resolved. “You can bind yourself up so as to not seem complicated. Or, you can lay it all out to experience the richness of who you are.”
Susan’s model was recently published in the British Association of Adoption and Fostering special double edition on Multiculturalism, identity and family placement (2012). This was a monumental achievement both for adoptees and for professional literature for two reasons that the BAAF article also discusses. First, research and literature thus far have focused on whether or not children should be transracially adopted, but rarely focus on how the identities of people who are already transracially adopted are formed. The Harris Model informs us of this process. Also, racial identity models developed thus far were not inclusive of all elements of racial identity that Susan felt transracially adopted persons grapple with in their lifetime.


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