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Studies in Educational Ethnography

ISSN: 1529-210X
Series editor(s): Geoffrey Walford

Subject Area: Education

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Author(s):Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey
Volume:10 Editor(s): Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey, and Geoffrey Walford ISBN: 978-0-76231-144-6 eISBN: 978-1-84950-297-9
Citation:Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey (2004), INTRODUCTION, in Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey, and Geoffrey Walford (ed.) Identity, Agency and Social Institutions in Educational Ethnography (Studies in Educational Ethnography, Volume 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.IX-XV
DOI:10.1016/S1529-210X(04)10014-4 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Editorial

The prime focus on the social processes of schooling within educational ethnography has tended to marginalise or eschew, the importance of other “informal” educational sites. Other social institutions, such as family, community, media and popular culture, work and prisons are salient arenas in which behaviours and lives are regulated. They all interrelate and are all implicated in the generation, management and development of social identities and the social and cultural reproduction of structures and relations. Individuals, though, are not merely shaped by these social institutions, their agency is evident in the way they creatively adapt and accommodate to the tensions and constraints of economic, educational and social policies. The maintenance of self in these situations requires identity work involving mediation, conflict, contestation and modes of resistance, which often contribute to a continual reconstruction of situations and contexts.

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