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.

Time and Timescapes: ‘We were to Dance Three Hours’

Time and Timescapes: ‘We were to Dance Three Hours’

Time and timescapes: ‘We were to dance three hours’

Here are these girls from other teams. They're combing their hair, they're in the bleachers, they're eating or reading Seventeen magazine. My girls were under the bleachers doing their homework between games. (Peshkin, 2001: 24)

Before I went to Priors’ End School in Ledbury in 1996 my friend told me teachers gave out detentions for not writing quickly enough.

These two quotes encapsulate core aspects of time in educational contexts. Peshkin (2001) is an ethnography of an expensive private high school in Arizona he calls Edgewood Academy. In the quote, the female volleyball coach is contrasting the girls in the Edgewood team with those from the other seven squads ...

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