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Trouble dans la race : construction et négociations des frontières raciales dans deux types de familles mixtes en France

Abstract : This dissertation focuses on racial boundaries and their dynamics in France, combining the study of two family settings in which racial mixedness is particularly salient: international adoptive families and mixed-race families. Locating the analytical approach at the crossroad of family, socialization, and racial relations scholarships, the study of those two types of families, which may be considered as transgressive of the dominant norm of racial homogeneity within the family, is an opportunity to investigate the intimate sites of racial identity formation. Indeed, this combined analysis builds on the classical perspectives on racial formation identity which distinguish between self-identification and assignation by others, bringing the role of transmission and of family socialization into the picture. If family is generally recognized as the main site of primary socialization, race remains under-explored in socialization studies in France. This dissertation aims at bridging this gap. This research is based on a multimethod design: semi-structured interviews with adoptive parents, adoptees, mixed couples and first-generation mixed-race individuals (n = 91), field observations and quantitative data from two surveys (survey on adoption in France (Ined, 2001-2002) and “Trajectories and origins” survey (Ined, Insee, 2008-2009)). The research design is thus plural, both in the articulation of fieldworks and in the methods that are used. This allows the dissertation to be based on rich data which usefully feeds the comparative and analytical perspectives.
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Solène Brun. Trouble dans la race : construction et négociations des frontières raciales dans deux types de familles mixtes en France. Sociologie. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019IEPP0025⟩. ⟨tel-03658710⟩



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