Offering a transnational perspective on the processes of identity transmission and identity construction of mixed families in various parts of the world, this book provides an overview of how local, national, global contexts and inter-group relations structure the development of specific forms of belonging and identification.
Featuring nine rich ethnographic studies situated in geographic areas less covered by scholarship on mixed families such as Québec, Morocco, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Philippines, Thailand and Israel, the book’s contributions reveal how families’ everyday lives are shaped by historical and sociopolitical contexts, as well as by transnational dynamics and mobility trajectories. The studies illustrate the context-specific realities that shape social definitions of mixedness—whether religious, national, cultural, ethnic or racial—at local and transnational levels.
The articulation of local and transnational perspectives on mixed families will be of interest to students and scholars of migration, transnationalism, families, ethnicity, race and racism in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, history, social work, international relations and global studies). The book will also be of interest to policymakers, as well as activists and practitioners working in organizations offering services to mixed individuals, migrants, and their families.
Foreword — The Overriding Value of Mixedness: Questioning the Mixed Couple Category in France
Introduction — Beyond Borders: The Everyday Life of Transnational Mixed Families
Josiane Le Gall, Catherine Therrien and Karine Geoffrion
Part I: Transnational Relatedness: Socialization and Belonging Through and Beyond Borders
1. Relational Transnationalism of Filipino/Thai-Belgian Youths in Belgium: Mothers, Memories, Emotions and Social Entities
2. Identity Transmission in a (Trans)national Context: A Comparison between Parents in Mixed Couples in Quebec and Morocco
Catherine Therrien and Josiane Le Gall
3. Canadian Mothers, Transnational Bridges: Transmitting Embodied Connections to the Global South to ‘Mixed’ Children in Canada
4. Narratives of Belonging in Transnational Contexts: The Multidimensional Experience of Mixedness
Part II: (In)visible Affiliations and Racialization Processes in Tensed (Trans)national Group Relations
5. Single, Dual, Beyond: Ethnic, Racial and Religious Self-identification among Mixed Individuals Raised in Christian-Muslim Families in Italy
6. Racial Socialisation and Negotiation of Family Mixedness among White Parents of Internationally Adoptive Children in France
7. Living in a Conflictual Transnational Space: French-Algerian Daily Lives in the Midst of Intergroup Tensions
8. ‘There’s no such Thing as a Dragon!’: Evading the Mixed Origin in Jewish Mixed Families’ Identity Discourse in Israel
9. Perceptions of Racial Discrimination and Parenting Reactions: The case of Mixed Sub-Saharan African-Italian Families in Northern Italy
Claire Lajus, Anne-Gaëlle Picart and Geneviève Bergonnier-Dupuy