We Are the Same, but Different: A Duoethnography of People of Colour Who Are Care Leavers

Karolia, Ismail and Wainwright, John Peter orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8190-0144 (2020) We Are the Same, but Different: A Duoethnography of People of Colour Who Are Care Leavers. Genealogy, 4 (3). e80.

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In this article, we use autoethnography to explore autobiographical narratives of being both people of colour and care leavers. The conversations were recorded (audio and transcription) and themes include identity, common emotional responses, perspectives, the challenges of being Asian and Black and in care, identifying as a care leaver in adulthood, race and racism. This article will explore the themes in detail while considering the differences in context of the lived experiences of the two authors, with one having been adopted by a white, British family and being of dual ethnicity, while the other being of South Asian ethnicity and having experienced foster care, including short-term foster placements. This article will explore not only experiences of childhood, but also of those faced in adulthood related to the two identifiers discussed. Although there will be some discussion on the outward, including society’s response, challenges and outcomes, in particular regarding children in care and race, there will be a focus on the inward, the emotional and intellectual understanding of these issues.

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