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Language, Ethnography, and Education

Bridging New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu, 1st Edition

By Michael Grenfell, David Bloome, Cheryl Hardy, Kate Pahl, Jennifer Rowsell, Brian V Street


226 pages

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This frontline volume contributes to the social study of education in general and literacy in particular by bringing together in a new way the traditions of language, ethnography, and education. Integrating New Literacy Studies and Bourdieusian sociology with ethnographic approaches to the study of classroom practice, it offers an original and useful reference point for scholars and students of education, language, and literacy wishing to incorporate Bourdieu’s ideas into their work.

More than just a set of stand-alone chapters around social perspectives on language interactions in classrooms, this book develops and unfolds dialogically across three sections: Bridging New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu – Principles; Language, Ethnography and Education - Practical Studies; Working at the Intersections – In Theory and Practice.

The authors posit ‘Classroom Language Ethnography’ as a genuinely new perspective with rich and developed traditions behind it, but distinct from conventional approaches to literacy and education — an approach that bridges those traditions to yield fresh insights on literacy in all its manifestations, thereby providing a pathway to more robust research on language in education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Bridging New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu - Principles

2. Classroom Ethnography – David Bloome

3. New Literacy Studies – Brian Street

4. Bourdieu, Language and Education – Michael Grenfell

Part II: Language, Ethnography and Education: - Practical Studies

5. LETTER: Learning for Empowerment Through Training in Ethnographic-style Research – Brian Street

6. Seeing with a Different Eye – Kate Pahl

7. Artifactual English – Jennifer Rowsell

8. ‘All that Jazz’: Classroom Reading as Intertextual Practice -David Bloome and Ayanna Brown

Part III: Working at the Intersections – In Theory and Practice

9. New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu: Working at the Intersections of Theory

and Practice – Cheryl Hardy

10. A Future Synthesis: Bourdieu, Ethnography and NLS – Michael Grenfell

11. Conclusion

About the Authors

Michael Grenfell is Chair of Education (1905) in the School of Education, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.

David Bloome is Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University, USA.

Cheryl Hardy is Principal Lecturer and Head of Work-related Learning at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Kate Pahl is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.

Jennifer Rowsell is Associate Professor of Literacy Education and a Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University, Canada.

Brian Street is Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, London University, UK, and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General