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Ethnography in Education


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Introduction: Schooling the Imagination Reading Ethnography, Writing Ethnography Ethnography by Design, Ethnography by Accident Into the Educational 'Field': Relationships, Reciprocities and Responsibilities Being, Seeing, Writing: The Role of Fieldnotes New Times, New Ethnographies What Do I Do Now? Making Ethnographic Meaning Ethnography that Makes a Difference Writing Again: Communicating Ethnographic Insights Conclusion: Being an Everyday Ethnographer Bibliography Index

About the Author

David Mills is Associate Professor (Pedagogy and the Social Sciences) at the University of Oxford's Department of Education and Fellow of Kellogg College. He directs the Grand Union ESRC-funded doctoral training partnership, an Oxford-led collaboration with Open University and Brunel University London. Trained in anthropology, he has published work on disciplinarity, higher education policy, doctoral education, and African universities. His current interests include the politics of higher education capacity building and the challenges of collaborative research. His books include Ethnography and Education (SAGE, 2013), Difficult Folk: A Political History of Social Anthropology (Berghahn, 2008), and the coedited African Anthropologies: History, Practice, Critique (Zed, 2006).


'Written in a clear, accessible style, this inspirational book is a both a practical guide to the ethnographer's craft and a survey of the different ways of doing ethnography. Drawing on wide-ranging examples and succinct reviews of classic and contemporary ethnographies of education, the authors demonstrate the importance of developing an ethnographic sensibility. This book will be a valuable resource for educationalists'
-Cris Shore, University of Auckland

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