Kinship, Counterpublics, and Transnational Korean Adoptees

Sarah Idzik


Counterpublic theories based on identity and oppositional politics have been challenged by theories demonstrating that counterpublics can be identified by their discursive marginalization from dominant publics. Yet discursive theories cloud possibilities of purpose based on kinship. Eleana J. Kim’s (2010) adoptee counterpublic incorporates an alternative form of kinship that reorients the discursive counterpublic toward a purpose, and points to possibilities of transformative worldmaking.

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