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Thursday, December 5 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
BREAKOUT SESSION FIVE: Race & Migration

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Chair: Jessica Terruhn

Lucen Liu: Chinese female immigrants’ understandings of sporting pain and injury: Through the lens of Confucianism

The sociological studies of sport-related risk, pain and injury have primarily focused on sportsmen and heavily drawn on to gender perspectives, especially, theories of masculinities. Though important, these research findings may not resonate with the wider sport participants’ experiences of risk, pain and injury. In addition, since sociological investigations into non-Western women’s experiences of these issues are relatively rare, we explore middle-aged Chinese female table tennis players’ experiences of pain and injuries in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context. Data were collected in two table tennis clubs in Auckland, via a variety of qualitative methods, including participant observation, field notes and life-story interviews. We mainly adopt a non-Western philosophy, the Confucian concept of ren, to frame our theoretical lens for interpreting these participants’ experiences of pain and injury. Our findings reveal that the interweaving influences of age and ethnic and immigrant identities shaped participants’ experiences of pain, injury and sport. This research also illustrates how broader cultural dynamics can shape risk practices within a specific sporting culture.


Abdolghayoum Nematiniya: A Sociological Study of Baloch People in Geocultural Context

Borders and boundary studies have always been one of the most important issues in geopolitics. Border control in a country has always causes internal security and also stops or greatly reduces the possible problems between the country and its neighbors. This study provides the possibility of the existence of an ethnic minority across the both sides of a border to what extent the establishment of an ethnic minority in the border region which has sequences beyond the borders has effects on controlling the borders.
Geocultural sociology has to be considered as an important conceptual approach in decoding certain aspects of some societies. Baloch society is the case here in this study. The important point about geocultural sociology is that the people were divided because of the geopolitical history of the region of Balochistan, but this is merely a political region because the Baloch just across the borders are living in the same hills, valleys and region. So there is no geocultural division as they are attempting to keep themselves culturally integrated and whatever lost they have had to suffer historically by getting divided into different nations. They may be trying to restore, repair some of loses by more vocal culturally. In the present study, the results from establishment of a single ethnic group on the both sides of a border with the special case about Baloch people from Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan will be investigated. Therefore, the current paper is an attempt to discuss the behavior of Baloch society in a geocultural context.


Richey Wyver: Secrets and Lies: Eugenics, Race and International Transracial Adoption in Sweden

International transracial adoption is central to national myths of “Swedish goodness”, and to the idea of Sweden as a post-race nation of well-meaning (white) people. For this reason, adoption remains widely celebrated and unproblematised in Sweden, despite increasing questions around adoption ethics elsewhere, and the decline of the adoption industry globally. This presentation critically explores the unique nature of Swedish transracial adoption desire, looking at how the “colour-blind” fantasies of adoption are entwined with unspoken histories of colonialism, racism and eugenics. Drawing on imagery of adoptee bodies in literature, advertising and political campaigns, I discuss how the transracial adoptee body continues to be used in nation building and constructing white Swedishness. I suggest that the adoptee body carries the hidden histories and forbidden desires of a nation, and is used in fantasies of both white supremacy and of a progressive nation of good, well-intentioned non-racists.


Trudie Cain and Nicole Ashley: Living with difference: Material constructions of communitas

Globalisation has led to ever greater human mobility and greater ethnic, religious, linguistic, social and lifestyle diversity in many cities, including Tāmaki Makaurau. There is a growing body of international and local scholarship that investigates the question of how to ‘live with difference’ in these increasingly complex layers and forms of diversity and difference. But there is surprisingly little that focuses specifically on older adults (aged 65 and older) as they negotiate new patterns of difference in their everyday worlds. This paper draws on an ethnographically-inspired research project with migrant and non-migrant older adults living in a multiply diverse neighbourhood on Auckland’s North Shore. It builds on insights from the ‘material turn’ to examine how the home mediates social interactions and the making of community, bridging relational, spatial and temporal boundaries in the process.


Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.