Mr Richey Wyver
PhD Sociology (2021 University of Auckland); MA International Migration and Ethnic Relations (2016, Malmö University);BA International Migration and Ethnic Relations (2014, Malmö University)
Richey recently completed a PhD in Sociology and works as a Learning Designer. He researches international adoption from a critical, postcolonial perspective. His current research focuses on Sweden's role in the international adoption market, examining the phenomenon of Swedish transracial adoption desire.
Richey moved to Auckland in late 2016, and prior to that lived in Sweden for several years, where he completed a BA and an MA in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University.
Research | Current
My PhD research project has the working title "More Beautiful Than Something We Could Create Ourselves": Exploring Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Desire".
This project entails a critical exploration of international transracial adoption desire in Sweden, the world's leading demand country, per capita, on the international adoption market. Through an analysis of contemporary and classic Swedish adoption texts - including adult adoptee and adopter autobiography, expert texts, children's books and agency material - the project examines how collective adoption desire is (re)produced, justified and controlled against a backdrop of national myths of "colour-blindness" and being a "post race" and "anti-racist" society. There is a focus on the role of the body of the adoptee in promoting and justifying the adoption project, reproducing adoption desire, and functioning as a pedagogical object.
Wyver, R. 2021. 'More Beautiful Than Something We Could Create Ourselves': Exploring Swedish International Transracial Adoption Desire, University of Auckland [PhD Thesis]. https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/54630
Wyver, R. 2020. 'Too brown to be Swedish, too Swedish to be anything else’: mimicry and menace in Swedish transracial adoption narratives, Social Identities: Journal for the study of race, nation and culture. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504630.2020.1856649
Wyver, R. 2020. From Flat-Packed Furniture to Fascism: Exploring the Role of the Transracial Adoptee in Fantasies of Swedish Goodness, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 22(7), pp. 897–915. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369801X.2020.1718534
Wyver, R. 2019. Eating the [M]Other: Exploring Swedish Adoption Consumption Fantasies, Genealogy, 3(3), pp. 1-15. https://www.mdpi.com/2313-5778/3/3/47/htm
Wyver, R. 2018. Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish International Adoption Narratives, Borderlands e-journal, 17(2), pp.1-24. http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol17no2_2018/wyver_mimicry.pdf
Teaching | Current
SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (Lecturer, Semester 2 2020)
Global 101/G: Global Issues, Sustainable Futures (GTA, Semester 1 2020)
SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (Lecturer, Summer School 2019, Semester 2 2019)
SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (GTA, 2018)
SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (GTA, 2017)
SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (GTA, 2017)
My Masters thesis, "Almost the Same but not Quite: Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Narratives", which I produced as part of Malmö University's MA IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) programme, was awarded the 2016 MiM Master Essay Award.
Graduated from Univeristy of Aucklands Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative programme (DALI), 2019.
Areas of expertise
International Migration; International Adoption; Transracial Adoption; Sweden
Critical Whiteness; Race and Ethnicity; Postcolonial Theory
Online/Distance Teaching and Learning; ESOL; Narrative Analysis
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Wyver, R. (2020). From Flat-Packed Furniture to Fascism: Exploring the Role of the Transracial Adoptee in Fantasies of Swedish Goodness. INTERVENTIONS-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, 22 (7), 897-915. 10.1080/1369801X.2020.1718534
- Wyver, R. G. (2019). Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish International Adoption Narratives. Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities, 17 (2), 1-24. Related URL.
- Wyver, R. (2019). Eating the [M]Other: Exploring Swedish Adoption Consumption Fantasies. Genealogy, 3 (3)10.3390/genealogy3030047