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.

Senses and Multi-Sensory Matters: Indescribable Noises, Sights, Feelings

Senses and Multi-Sensory Matters: Indescribable Noises, Sights, Feelings

Senses and multi-sensory matters: Indescribable noises, sights, feelings

I had been blowing glass for six months when I attempted to blow a rudimentary goblet. I had accrued through practice a basic set of glass blowing skills which utilised numerous hand tools. (O'Connor, 2007: 127)

Before I went to Prior's End School in 1982 I was told by a friend already there that a teacher – Mr Paradine – had raped one pupil (girl) and hadn't been asked to leave because he owned the helicopter that boys took apart and put together again in metalwork.

I make no apology for quoting this urban legend here although I have used it before. I am pretty certain that the 18 year old ...

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