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Investigating ‘care leaver’ identity: A narrative analysis of personal experience stories

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Investigating ‘care leaver’ identity : A narrative analysis of personal experience stories. / Evans, Craig.

In: Text and Talk, Vol. 39, No. 1, 01.2019, p. 25-45.

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title = "Investigating {\textquoteleft}care leaver{\textquoteright} identity: A narrative analysis of personal experience stories",
abstract = "People who spent time in public care as children are often representedas {\textquoteleft}care leavers{\textquoteright}. This paper investigates how {\textquoteleft}care leaver{\textquoteright} is discursively constructed as a group identity, by analyzing 18 written personal experience stories from several charity websites by people identified or who self-identify as care leavers. Several approaches to narrative analysis are used: a clause-level analysis based on Labovʼs code scheme; the identification of turning points; ananalysis of {\textquoteleft}identity work{\textquoteright}; and an analysis of subject positions relative to{\textquoteleft}master narratives{\textquoteright}. The findings from each of the methods are then combinedto reveal how intertextual, narrative-structural, and contextual factors combineto constitute a common care leaver discourse. This forms the basis for a characterization of {\textquoteleft}care leaver{\textquoteright} group identity as {\textquoteleft}survivors of the system{\textquoteright}. Thefindings also reveal how {\textquoteleft}care leaver{\textquoteright} as type, including stereotype, influenceshow identity is constructed in the personal experience narratives.",
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