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Feeling it: understanding Korean adoptees' experiences of embodied identity

Walton, Jessica 2015, Feeling it: understanding Korean adoptees' experiences of embodied identity, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 395-412, doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1049985.

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Title Feeling it: understanding Korean adoptees' experiences of embodied identity
Author(s) Walton, JessicaORCID iD for Walton, Jessica orcid.org/0000-0003-3876-2994
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 395
End page 412
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1469-9540
Keyword(s) embodiment
belonging
racialisation
racism
transnational adoption
adoptees
South Korea
Summary This paper examines the ways in which transnational Korean adoptees experience identity as an embodied subjective process that is simultaneously contested and objectified by social perceptions of their bodies in their adoptive countries and South Korea. To analyse these lived experiences, I draw primarily on embodiment theories such as Budgeon’s (2003) sociological concept of ‘body as event’ and Csordas’ (2002) cultural phenomenological view of the body not as an object but as a ‘subject of culture’. To analyse processes of (re)embodiment, I draw on Ahmed’s (2007) concepts of ‘space’ and ‘whiteness’. Based on ethnographic data in South Korea and semi-structured interviews with 22 adult Korean adoptees, this paper demonstrates how Korean adoptees’ embodied identities are lived in relation to racialised experiences of belonging and Otherness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2015.1049985
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079371

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