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.

Bodies and Performativity: Not Pleasure Dancing but Ceremonial

Bodies and Performativity: Not Pleasure Dancing but Ceremonial

Bodies and performativity: Not pleasure dancing but ceremonial

The teacher first called on a male student. He, as she had predicted to me, listed thin lips, light-to-brown skin, small (thin) nose, and long hair. One male identified the facial characteristics of the woman he wanted to marry as those belonging to a white woman; not one of the other males identified ‘Black’ features as ideal. (Fordham, 1996: 295)

Before I went to Wimblesham County School I was told by my sister that I should not pick pennys [sic] off the floor because that's why people get bullied and I would be labelled a ‘sad loser’.

Fordham's ethnography of everday life for African-American teenagers in an ordinary high school is ...

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