Racialization, Othering, and Coping Among Adult International Adoptees in Finland
Koskinen, M. (2015). Racialization, Othering, and Coping Among Adult International Adoptees in Finland. Adoption Quarterly, 18 (3), 169-195. doi:10.1080/10926755.2014.895467
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This qualitative interview study examined experiences of racialization and coping among 14 adult international adoptees in Finland. The results show that adoptees encounter a range of racializations by which they are made ‘other’ and excluded from Finnishness. Racialization mostly occurs indirectly and subtly, and often by significant others, and consequently is more difficult to cope with. The findings suggest that the Finnish adoption community and adoption research should pay more attention to experiences of racialization among adoptees and take notice of the context-specific nature of coping when supporting adoptees to develop strategies that reduce discrimination and protect their well-being. However, eliminating racism requires interventions at all levels: from the individual to the family, community, and nation.
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