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Tangled Up in School : Politics, Space, Bodies, and Signs in the Educational Process :  Politics, Space, Bodies, and Signs in the Educational Process - Jan Nespor

Tangled Up in School : Politics, Space, Bodies, and Signs in the Educational Process

Politics, Space, Bodies, and Signs in the Educational Process

Paperback Published: July 1997
ISBN: 9780805826531
Number Of Pages: 278

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Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in an urban elementary school, this volume is an examination of how school division politics, regional economic policies, parental concerns, urban development efforts, popular cultures, gender ideologies, racial politics, and university and corporate agendas come together to produce educational effects. Unlike conventional school ethnographies, the focus of this work is less on classrooms than on the webs of social relations that embed schools in neighborhoods, cities, states, and regions. Utilizing a variety of narratives and analytical styles, this volume:
* explores how curriculum innovations are simultaneously made possible by and undermined by school district politics, neighborhood histories, and the spatial and temporal organizations of teachers' and parents' lives;
* situates the educational discourse of administrators and teachers in the changing economic and political climates of the city;
* analyzes the motivations behind an effort by school and business proponents to refashion classrooms within the school into business enterprises, and of children's efforts to make sense of the scheme;
* examines the role of the school as a neighborhood institution, situating it at the intersections of city planners' efforts to regulate city space and children's efforts to carve out live spaces through out-of-school routines;
* contemplates the meaning of school as a site for bodily experience, and looks at how patterns of space and control in the school shaped children's bodies, and at how they continued to use body-based languages to construct maturity, gender, and race; and
* investigates the school as a space for the deployment of symbolic resources where children learned and constructed identities through their engagements with television, comic books, movies, and sports.
"Tangled Up In School" raises questions about how we draw the boundaries of the school, about how schools fit into the lives of children and cities, and about what we mean when we talk about school.

Sociocultural, Politicaland Historical Studies in Educationp. ii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Adults at Elementary Schoolp. 1
A Tangle of Cities, Corporations, and Kidsp. 46
Neighborhood Intersectionsp. 84
Intersections of Bodies And Spaces at Schoolp. 119
Intersections of Kids, Signs, and Popular Culturep. 162
Loose Endsp. 196
Fieldwork As an Intersectionp. 203
Referencesp. 239
Author Indexp. 249
Indexp. 251
Subject Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780805826531
ISBN-10: 080582653X
Series: Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.44  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1