‘The past should not affect the children’: intergenerational hauntings in the homes of Indo-European families

Julia Rosa Doornbos*, Ana Dragojlovic

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    This article examines how the traumatic experiences of pre- vious Indo-European or Indische generations shape future generations’ intergenerational family dynamics and practices within home environments. By analysing life story interviews with Indo-Europeans from the first, second and third gen- eration within twenty-one families, we illustrate how inter- generational hauntings are embodied, expressed and negotiated among various generations within home envi- ronments. The Indo-European diaspora has multi-generational ‘mixed’ Dutch-Indonesian ancestry and collective memories of the colonial Dutch East Indies, the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during the Second World War, the Indonesian National Revolution, and families’ subsequent repatriation to the Netherlands. Shaped by their alleged success in hav- ing silently assimilated in the Netherlands, public narratives often neglect Indo-Europeans’ daily realities and histories. We argue that personal and collective histories of war vio- lence, racialized violence and displacement are deeply ingrained in Indo-European intergenerational and gendered family dynamics and practices in home environments. These intergenerational hauntings are imbued in both presence and absence in the various atmospheres and social and physical spaces of home.
    Originele taal-2English
    Aantal pagina's22
    TijdschriftGender, Place and Culture
    StatusE-pub ahead of print - 10-aug-2021

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