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[Publication] General audience article: Figures d’altérité* ici et ailleurs

Marie Montenair (2023) Figures d’altérité* ici et ailleurs : expériences de vie de jeunes belgo-japonais. Eclosio, l’ONG de l’Université de Liège – Analyse d’Education Permanente.

En se basant sur les expériences sociales de jeunes belgo-japonais, cet article illustre les processus d’altérisation mis en œuvre, inconsciemment ou non, entre enfants et jeunes. Il développe deux axes principaux : le sentiment de ne jamais se sentir tout à fait dans la majorité, ainsi que la présence d’un racisme ordinaire à destination des personnes originaires d’Asie.

[Publication] Journal article: Identity Complexity’s Influence on Multicultural Families’ Ethnic Identity Development and Acculturation Outcomes

Gabriel Alberto Ceballos Rodriguez (2024) “Identity Complexity’s Influence on Multicultural Families’ Ethnic Identity Development and Acculturation Outcomes: A Qualitative Study among Binational (Estonian–Foreign) Parents in Estonia” Genealogy 8, no. 1: 27.

For multicultural family members who live in cosmopolitan environments, concepts such as ethnic identity and integration have different significance. Some individuals can report, for example, that ethnic identity and integration have never played an important role in their lives and even feel that they represent old-fashioned notions from which modern societies should rather move on. For others, these concepts are much more relevant and are experienced in more challenging and complex ways. This article explores the influence that identity complexity—a cognitive disposition to perceive overlaps between different social identities, plays in this process. Forty parents of Estonian–foreign children (a traditionally cosmopolitan segment) were interviewed in Estonia and prompted to talk about topics such as their own ethnic identity(ies), their (and their family’s) feelings of integration into the Estonian society, and the way in which they represent their children’s ethnic identities, e.g., mostly Estonian/foreign, fifty–fifty, global citizen, etc. Thematic analysis combined with intersectionality suggests that there are associations between the identity complexity of interviewees and their attitudes towards these topics. Furthermore, results show that beyond the traditional dichotomy of high vs. low identity complexity, some interviewed parents have transitioned from higher to lower levels of identity complexity and vice versa at different times in their lives for different reasons. This study sheds light on identity complexity as a relevant predictor of acculturation and ethnic identity development outcomes among multicultural family members. It also contributes to the literature on cosmopolitan populations as a diverse group.

[Publication] Journal article: Navigating stigmatized motherhood

Herbary Cheung (2024) Navigating stigmatized motherhood: self-stigma of single mothers with mental illness in Thailand, South East Asia Research. [Online First]

Drawing on participant observations and in-depth interviews with twenty-two single mothers with mental illness and four medical workers from a psychiatric hospital in Thailand, this article analyses the self-stigma faced by single mothers with mental illness in Thai society. Using an intersectional approach and looking at motherhood as a social construct, the article shows the connections of intersectional stigma with single motherhood and mental illness, and demonstrates its relation to gender, class, ethnicity, religion and other identity markers within the Thai socio-cultural context. Findings from the research suggest that the current gender ideology, which shapes the stigmatized mothering experiences of single mothers with mental illness in Thailand, needs to be revisited and reformed by individuals, medical workers and the state at every level.