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Critical Ethnography and Education
Theory, Methodology, and Ethics

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ISBN 9781138631960
April 29, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, Fitzpatrick and May make the case for a reimagined approach for critical ethnography in education. Exploring how critical ethnography works within contemporary inquiries, the authors argue that many researchers already do the kind of critical ethnography that readers imagine, whether they call their studies critical or not. Such studies employ the tenets of ethnography and are grounded in work that attends to, reimagines, troubles, and questions notions of power, in/justice, in/equity, and marginalization. Understanding the tensions and complexities that come with the posts—including poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and posthumanism—Fitzpatrick and May argue that social, theoretical, and political issues in education can be more profoundly viewed through a lens that is personal, embodied, and lived: critical ethnography.

Offering a wide-ranging and insightful commentary on approaches and influences on critical ethnography over time, Fitzpatrick and May interrogate how it has moved and engaged with ongoing theoretical developments to now include a wide range of possible analytical approaches. With extensive examples, excerpts, and personal discussions, they demonstrate how critical ethnography is an expansive, eclectic, and inclusive methodology. Linking work across a range of topics, this book highlights the ongoing importance of this methodology in education. It is essential reading for students, scholars, and researchers in qualitative inquiry, ethnography, educational anthropology, educational research methods, sociology of education, and philosophy of education.

Table of Contents

1. Reimagining Critical Ethnography 2. Critical Ethnography as Methodological Guide: Some Key Tenets 3. Working the Theory (and Context) in Critical Ethnography 4. Considering Ethical Practices in Critical Ethnographic research 5. Being and Doing Critical Ethnography: Ethnographic Writing and Field/Work 6. Language, Race/ism, and In/Equity in Education: Critical Ethnographic Approaches 7. Gender, sexuality and (critical) education ethnography 8. Getting lost

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Katie Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor and Head of School in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research and teaching are focused on health education, physical education, and sexuality education, as well as critical ethnographic and poetic research methods.

Stephen May is Professor of Education in Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori and Indigenous Education) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an international authority on language rights, language policy, bilingual education, and critical multiculturalism, as well as having a longstanding interest in critical ethnography.