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(U)levelige slægtskaber: En analyse af filmen Rosa Morena

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The Danish movie Rosa Morena (2010) tells an unusual story about kinship in which a white homosexual Danish man adopts a child born to a poor black Brazilian woman. Using a theoretical framework of biopolitics and affective labour the article highlights how the male homosexual figure is being cast as heteronormative and white in order to become intelligible as a parent and the bearer of liveable kinship. The casting rests on the affective and reproductive labour of the Brazilian birth mother who is portrayed as an unsuited parent through a colonial discourse steeped in sexualized and racialized imagery. A specific distribution of affect, where anger turns into gratefulness fixates and relegates the birth mother to a state of living dead, and thus she becomes the bearer of an unliveable kinship. This economy of life and death constructs transnational adoption as a vital event in a Foucauldian sense. In the same instance as the adoption, a white male homosexual population unfolds into life, and it targets a racialized and poor population as if already dead.
TidsskriftK og K
Udgave nummer113
Sider (fra-til)119-132
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Det Humanistiske Fakultet - transnational adoption, Biopolitik, nekropolitik, Seksualitet, rosa morena, race, queer teori, Slægtskab, homonormativitet, ligestilling

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