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 Kind

Introduction: A Detective of Some Kind

Introduction: A detective of some kind

This study of Edgewood Academy extends my ongoing exploration of American high schools… I began in rural, Midwestern Mansfield and Mansfield High School (Peshkin, 1978/1994), where village life and agriculture were prominent. I continued thereafter, first in fundamentalist Christian Bethany Baptist Academy (Peshkin, 1986)… next in blue-collar Riverview and Riverview High School (Peshkin, 1991)… and finally in Indian High School (Peshkin, 1997). (Peshkin, 2001: xi)

Before I went to St Polycarp RC School in 1996 I was told by my cousin that the older girls gave first-years wrong directions on purpose so they got lost all the time.

The subtitle of this chapter, as of all the chapters, is a quote from Zora Neale Hurston ...

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