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Education and Identity in Rural France

Education and Identity in Rural France
The Politics of Schooling

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616171

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  • Drawing on an ethnographic study of a remote farming community in the Auvergne, Dr Reed-Danahay challenges conventional views about the operation of the French school system. She demonstrates how parents and children subvert and resist the ideological messages of the teachers, and describes the ways in which a sense of local difference is sustained and valued, through a complex interplay of schooling and family life. This book explores the role played by history, identity, and power in local responses to a national institution. A significant contribution to the anthropology of education, this book offers fresh insights into the ways in which French culture is transmitted to the coming generation. Dr Reed-Danahay also provides lucid and critical discussions of sociological theories on education, including those of Bourdieu.

    • The first study which combines ethnography of a social organization with a culture of the local community
    • A major contribution to the anthropology of education and anthropology of childhood, relatively new fields/disciplines
    • Theoretical framework draws on Pierre Bourdieu's seminal work on education, class and social reproduction
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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616171
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 2 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    l. Introduction: journey to Lavialle
    2. Theoretical orientations: schooling, families, and power
    3. Cultural identity and social practice
    4.Les notres: families and farms
    5. From child to adult
    6. Schooling the Laviallois: historical perspectives
    7. Families and schooling
    8. The politics of schooling
    9. Everyday life at school
    l0. Conclusions: persistence, resistance, and co-existence

  • Author

    Deborah Reed-Danahay, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is author of Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Locating Bourdieu (Indiana University Press, 2005), and editor of Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social (Berg, 1997), and (with C. Brettell) Citizenship, Political Engagement and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

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