Why Can’t Orphans Play Baseball? Writing Into the Primal Wound

Mig Dann, Laura Fulton, Christine Rogers, Anne Harris

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This article explores the loss, legacy, and liberatory possibilities of addressing adoption through collaborative autoethnographic writing. We invite readers, through critical autoethnographic narratives and scholarship, to engage with our lived experiences as both cultural and familial histories. The return to the pre-adoption place of origin will not give us the closure we seek, so here we explore the future-making potential of collective adoptee narratives. If home may be less of an origin and more of a destination, each of the four authors engages in this autoethnographic research as a creative and collaborative means of finding a way toward becoming-home. 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465–472
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3-4
Early online date25 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • adoption
  • collaborative writing
  • autoethnography
  • ethnographies
  • methodologies
  • creative writing
  • home


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