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Key Themes in the Ethnography of Education

by Sara Delamont SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book is a synoptic survey of fifty years of ethnography in formal and informal educational settings. Uniquely, it pulls together the core findings from both the anthropology and the sociology of education, drawing on international research to explore a range of themes, from movement and mobilities to the body, identity, time and space.

Introduction: A Detective of some KindOne Page of Notes and No Hypotheses: The Spyglass of AnthropologyPlaces and Spaces: A Group on the Stone PorchTime and Timescapes: We Were to Dance Three HoursMemories and Memorials: A Diploma and a ChevroletMovement and Mobilities: Heading my ToenailsBodies and Performativity: Not a Pleasure Dancing but CeremonialGroups and Identities: The profound Silence of the InitiatedNarratives and Other Tales: 'Ah come to collect some old stores'Senses and Multi-Sensory Matters: Indescribable Noises, Sights, FeelingsKnowledge and its Transmissions: Taught Me All That He CouldConclusions: Through the Roiling Smoke

This is a  powerful, richly nuanced, evocative work; a stunning and brilliantly innovative  intervention. It provides ground zero - the starting place for the next generation of social scholars of education. A major accomplishment.
Dr Sara Delamont, DSc Econ, AcSS. read Social Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge, did her PhD at Edinburgh, and lectured at Leicester before moving to Cardiff in 1976. She was the first woman to be President of BERA (the British Education Research Association) and the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Cardiff. She has done ethnographies in schools, and other settings where teaching and learning take place such as operatic master classes and martial arts studios. With Paul Atkinson she is the Founding Editor of Qualitative Research, and is the author of fourteen books.