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.

Movement and Mobilities: Heading my Toenails

Movement and Mobilities: Heading my Toenails

Movement and mobilities: Heading my toenails

In one rural school, the children went for a walk and ended up running among crumbling ruins, perching precariously on the edge of a deep pond, and finally, lying down in the middle of a road. (McDonald, 1989: 199)

Before I went to Aldminster [a public school] in 1995 I was told by my friends that everyone was snobs who took helicopters to school.

The focus of this chapter on movement and mobility and their crucial opposites, stillness and immobility, may seem novel and ‘recent’. The vogue for mobile methods and the calls by, for example, Urry (2007), for greater attention to mobilities, can lead us to believe they were neglected. In fact, they have ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles