This paper examines identity formations and negotiations among Indo-Europeans, and senses of ‘race’ in the postcolonial Netherlands. We do so by analysing daily practices of ‘being’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ identities by second- and third-generation Indo-Europeans in the North-Eastern Netherlands. The paper contributes to ‘mixed-race’ literature by highlighting new, underexplored contexts in which ‘mixed-race’ identities are negotiated. We focus on practices, relations and transmissions across two generations and changing contexts within the Netherlands. Drawing on life story interviews, the narratives reveal how participants’ identities are politically and historically contingent, shaped by larger structures of racialized violence Indo-Europeans experienced in both the Dutch East Indies and the Netherlands. Identities are navigated in various ways with divergences and negotiations between self-identification, social imposition and familial and biological narrative.
|Number of pages||17|
|Early online date||28-Feb-2022|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
- ‘mixed-race’ identities
- the Netherlands
- post colonialism