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Author Fitzpatrick, Katie, 1975- author

Title School critical ethnography : reading power through narrative / Katie Fitzpatrick
Published London : SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2017
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Summary Critical ethnographers are interested in exploring and exposing how power operates in both subtle and overt ways in different social and cultural contexts. At the heart of this work is a concern with social justice (Madison, 2012); paying attention to issues of equity and the micro-politics of power is a key part of the methodology. This data exemplar is intended to illustrate how issues of power can be attended to through the creation of narratives that capture particular moments. In this case, the moments are in classes at high school. Data in this exemplar are provided by Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick from the University of Auckland and come from research she conducted with diverse youth in urban schools in New Zealand. The aims of the research project were to document how young people navigate schooling at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, social class and place. Particular attention was given to the subjects of health and physical education. This exemplar will help you to think about how seemingly "usual" or banal moments in the field might highlight issues of power between participants and highlight wider cultural and political issues. In this case, the teacher is purposely attempting to address these issues and to get students to think. Included are three short narratives about the classes, and discussion of how you might approach analysis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Narrative inquiry (Research method) -- New Zealand -- Case studies.
Social sciences -- Research -- New Zealand -- Methodology -- Case studies.
Ethnology -- New Zealand -- Methodology -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781473999169 (online resource)