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Gondouin, Johanna
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Gondouin, J. (2016). Feminist Global Motherhood: Representations of Single-Mother Adoption in Swedish Media. In: Charlotte Kroløkke, Lene Myong, Stine Willum Adrian, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen (Ed.), Critical Kinship Studies: (pp. 101-116). London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feminist Global Motherhood: Representations of Single-Mother Adoption in Swedish Media
2016 (English)In: Critical Kinship Studies / [ed] Charlotte Kroløkke, Lene Myong, Stine Willum Adrian, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016, p. 101-116Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Single mother adoptions form an influential discourse on transnationl adoption in  contemporary swedish media that this chapter sets out to eplore. What particular understandings of adoption does it construct, and what ideological work does it perform? Drawing on the concept of Global motherhood (Raka Shome 2011) I study how adoption articulates with idealized notions of feminity and whiteness.

The investigation departs in the aftermath of the major debate on adoption that took place in the early 2000’s, to the present, including a film (Bombay Dreams 2004), a documentary (Min dotter från Kina, 2005), a publicity campaign (Nolltolerans mot rasism, 2010) and print media coverage of the adoption of celebrity Carola in 2012. Bringing together these different kinds of media formats illustrate how a number of recurrent themes central to this understanding of adoption appear across a range of texts.

Two major discursive strategies are identified: victimisation and moralisation. Single adoptive mothers constitute a complex figure, both privileged (in relation to class and race) and marginalised (in relation to norms regarding family and kinship). However, these representations tend to place these women rather squarely among the latter. Victimisation allows for an understanding of adoption as a feminist question concerning the rights of single women to parenthood. Adoption by single mothers thus becomes a manifestation of Sweden as a feminist nation, in the same way that representations of male same sex couples turning to surrogacy serves as a manifestation of Sweden as an LGBT friendly nation. But adoption is also understod in terms of moral entitlement. Motherhood is presented as a question of moral skill rather than structural privilege. 

This positioning as both victim and champion comes through as a specifically Swedish strategy for managing the global distribution of privilege and inequality that premise transnational adoption. In this process, white feminity is made the ideal manifestation of Swedish exceptionalism (Keskinen et al 2009).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016
Keywords
Single-Mother Adoption, White Femininity, Swedish Anti-racism, Global Motherhood, Media Representations
National Category
Gender Studies Media and Communications
Research subject
Gender Studies; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129348 (URN)9781783484164 (ISBN)9781783484188 (ISBN)
Projects
Mediating Global Motherhood. Gender, Race and Sexuality in Swedish Media Representations of Transnational Surrogacy and Transnational Adoption
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Gondouin, J. (2014). Gay Fathers, Surrogate Mothers, and the Question of the Human: : A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Emotions in Barn till varje pris?. Lambda Nordica, 19(3-4), 109-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gay Fathers, Surrogate Mothers, and the Question of the Human: : A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Emotions in Barn till varje pris?
2014 (English)In: Lambda Nordica, ISSN 1100-2573, E-ISSN 2001-7286, Vol. 19, no 3-4, p. 109-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln undersöker representationen av surrogatmödraskap i dokumentärfilmserien Barn till varje pris? (SVT1, 2011), där ett svenskt manligt samkönat par anlitar en surrogatmamma i Indien. Framställningen är emblematisk för den svenska mediedebatten och illustrerar de komplexa maktrelationer som transnationellt kommersiellt surrogatmödraskap ofta är förknippat med.

Min utgångspunkt är rollen som känslor spelar i serien: kärlek och sårbarhet har avgörande betydelse för hur surrogatmödraskap framställs, men de är ojämnt fördelade. De blivande föräldrarna skildras som sårbara och drivna av kärlek, medan surrogatmamman framställs som rationell och påfallande känslolös och distanserad. Vad skapar detta för bild av surrogatmödraskap? Hur framförhandlas det svenska bögparets reproduktiva sårbarhet (Riggs och Due 2013) i relation till den indiska surrogatmammans sårbarhet?

Jag argumenterar för att kärlek och sårbarhet fungerar som individualitetsteknologier (Pantti och van Zoonen 2006) som skyler över de etiska och politiska utmaningarna i kommersiellt transnationellt surrogatmödraskap. Här spelar även sanningsregimer kopplade till Reality-tv genren (Jerlsev 2004) en avgörande roll. Bilden av surrogatmamman analyseras med hjälp av en samtida postkolonial feministisk diskussion om surrogatmödraskap fokuserad på begreppet mänsklig värdighet och parallellerna mellan samtida surrogatkontrakt och indiskt kontraktsarbete under kolonialtiden (Vora 2012). Jag menar att den inkludering av queerhet i en heteronormativ familjemodell som sker i serien blir möjlig genom exkluderandet av den rasifierade, kvinnliga Andra. Dessutom visar jag hur dokumentärseriens ojämna fördelning av kärlek och sårbarhet utför en typ av grundläggande politiskt arbete nödvändigt för att reproducera koloniala värdesystem som bas för den snabbt expanderande globala marknaden för reproduktivt och affektivt arbete.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Föreningen Lambda Nordica: , 2014
Keywords
Surrogacy, gay men, affect, reproductive vulnerability, human dignity, colonial labor, affective and reproductive labor, Reality TV
National Category
Gender Studies Media and Communications
Research subject
Gender Studies; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129351 (URN)
Projects
Mediating Global Motherhood. Gender, Race and Sexuality in Swedish Media Representations of Transnational Surrogacy and Transnational Adoption
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Gondouin, J. (2012). Adoption, Surrogacy and Swedish Exceptionalism. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 8(2), 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adoption, Surrogacy and Swedish Exceptionalism
2012 (English)In: Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, ISSN 1838-8310, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the current discussion on transnational surrogacy and adoption in Sweden. The ethical problems pertaining to new assisted reproductive technologies (ART) that are now the subject of intense debate share common ground with the predicaments of transnational adoption, but this is seldom recognized. By bringing these reproductive methods together, this article sets out to discuss the decidedly intersectional character of the new reproduction, analyzed in terms of ”stratified reproduction” (Colen 1995). One parallel that this article considers is the association in Sweden of both adoption and surrogacy with the struggle for gay rights. RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) is a driving force in the present political rapprochement to surrogacy. This echoes the situation ten years ago when the opening up of Swedish adoptive legislation to same-sex couples coincided with a turbulent debate on adoption. The article examines the intersectional dynamics that characterize the Swedish context, according to which different power relations are played out against each other. Another aspect that is focused on is how the discussion on transnational adoption and surrogacy expose ”Swedish exceptionalism”, a concept designating a widespread belief of Sweden as untouched by colonial legacies, positing Swedish whiteness as innocent regarding racial matters. The television series Barn till varje pris? (Children at all Costs?, 2011) will be analyzed as a case in point. Through this example I will examine the mediational aspects of the Swedish discussion, in which film and television play key roles.

Keywords
Transnational surrogacy, Transnational adoption, media representations, swedish whiteness, LGBTQ-rights, stratified reproduction, media culture
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103380 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2006-2230
Available from: 2014-05-13 Created: 2014-05-13 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Lundström Gondouin, J. (2012). Per Olof Sundman. In: Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Band 34: (pp. 285-285). Stockholm: Riksarkivet, häfte 167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Per Olof Sundman
2012 (Swedish)In: Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Band 34, Stockholm: Riksarkivet, 2012, Vol. häfte 167, p. 285-285Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Riksarkivet, 2012
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83306 (URN)
Available from: 2012-12-07 Created: 2012-12-07 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Lundström Gondouin, J. (2009). Indexikalitet och modernitet.: Om Robert Bresson och P. O. Sundman. In: Jenny Bergenmar, Mats Jansson, Johanna Lundström Gondouin och Mats Malm (Ed.), Tilltal och svar.: Studier tillägnade Beata Agrell (pp. 138-149). Stockholm/Stehag: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Indexikalitet och modernitet.: Om Robert Bresson och P. O. Sundman
2009 (Swedish)In: Tilltal och svar.: Studier tillägnade Beata Agrell / [ed] Jenny Bergenmar, Mats Jansson, Johanna Lundström Gondouin och Mats Malm, Stockholm/Stehag: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion , 2009, p. 138-149Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm/Stehag: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, 2009
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Cinema Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36737 (URN)978-91-7139-832-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2022-03-15Bibliographically approved
Lundström Gondouin, J. (2009). Tilltal och svar.: Studier tillägnade Beata Agrell.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tilltal och svar.: Studier tillägnade Beata Agrell
2009 (Swedish)Other (Other academic)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36740 (URN)
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Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2022-03-15Bibliographically approved
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