New Directions in Educational Ethnography

ISBN: 978-1-78441-624-9, eISBN: 978-1-78441-623-2

ISSN: 1529-210X

Publication date: 17 December 2016


(2016), "Prelims", Hopson, R., Rodick, W. and Kaul, A. (Ed.) New Directions in Educational Ethnography (Studies in Educational Ethnography, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xii.



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Series Editors: Rodney Hopson, William Rodick and Akashi Kaul

Recent Volumes:

Volume 3: Genders and Sexualities in Educational Ethnography – Editors: Geoffrey Walford and Caroline Hudson
Volume 4: Ethnography and Educational Policy – Editor: Geoffrey Walford
Volume 5: Critical Ethnography and Education – Editors: Phil Francis Carspecken and Geoffrey Walford
Volume 6: Debates and Developments in Ethnographic Methodology – Editor: Geoffrey Walford
Volume 7: Doing a Doctorate in Educational Ethnography – Editor: Geoffrey Walford
Volume 8: Investigating Educational Policy through Ethnography – Editor: Geoffrey Walford
Volume 9: Ethnographies of Educational and Cultural Conflicts: Strategies and Resolutions – Editors: Bob Jeffrey and Geoffrey Walford
Volume 10: Identity, Agency and Social Institutions in Educational Ethnography – Editors: Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey and Geoffrey Walford
Volume 11: Methodological Issues and Practices in Ethnography – Editors: Geoff Troman, Bob Jeffrey and Geoffrey Walford
Volume 12: Methodological Developments in Ethnography – Editor: Geoffrey Walford

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List of Contributors

Arshad I. Ali George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
Ayana Allen Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Maria Mercedes “Ched” Estigoy Arzadon University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
Aviva Bower University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA
Jesse Davie-Kessler Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Marguerite Anne Fillion Wilson Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA
Stephen D. Hancock UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA
Diane M. Hoffman University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Rodney Hopson George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Lionel C. Howard George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
Shameka Powell Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
Anne T. Vo University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Denise Gray Yull Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA


Acknowledgments are due to a number of key catalysts for re-invigorating this book series; namely:

  • Emerald Group Publishers Mark Moreau, Lizzy Seal, and Kerry Laundon for their steady support of the series editorship during the last two years of redevelopment;

  • Faculty and staff support from the Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, Education Policy at George Mason University;

  • Editorial Board members of the series who continue to set the best example;

  • Anonymous ad-hoc reviewers who provided timely and precise suggestions for revisions to all chapters;

  • Our teachers and mentors whom we learn from most and whom are our most helpful critics; and

  • Our families for their loving and unwavering support.


Volume 13 begins the re-launch of the series after a nine-year hiatus.

From 1998 (Volume 1: Children Learning in Context) until 2007 (Volume 12: Methodological Developments in Ethnography), Geoffrey Walford served as Series Editor for Studies in Educational Ethnography. During this initial period, the series served as an extension of several ethnography and education conferences that began in the late 1970s, held at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University. This series has maintained its focus on particular themes related to the ethnographic investigation of education, from its historic location in the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University (UK) to its current location in the Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy at George Mason University (USA).

Although the series is no longer directly linked to the annual two-day residential Oxford Ethnography Conference (OEC) that continues to take place (now at New College, Oxford University), typically near the European Conference of Educational Research (ECER) and The British Educational Research Association (BERA), the series continues the tradition of welcoming participants from OEC and other conferences to contribute papers. The opportunities to showcase ethnography are now plethora: interest in ethnography expands through professional associations such as the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); through standalone conferences such as the Ethnography Forum at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania and the Council on Anthropology and Education/American Anthropological Association; and through journals like Ethnography and Education, Qualitative Inquiry, International Journal of Qualitative Research, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

The primary objective of Studies in Educational Ethnography is to present original research monographs or edited volumes based on ethnographic perspectives, theories, and methodologies. Such research will advance the development of theory, practice, policy, and praxis for improving schooling and education in neighborhood, community, and global contexts.

In complex neighborhood, community, and global contexts, educational ethnographies should situate themselves beyond isolated classrooms or single sites and concern themselves with more than narrow methodological pursuits. Rather, the ethnographic research, perspectives, and methodologies featured in this series should extend our understandings of sociocultural educational phenomena and their global and local meanings. Studying classrooms and educational communities without concomitant understanding of the dynamics of broader structural forces renders ethnographic analyses incomplete.

We seek schooling and educational ethnographies from around the world that also concern themselves with larger questions addressing poverty, power, language, race, underachievement, public health, immigration, juvenile in/justice, inequality, homelessness, housing, neighborhood and community re/development, un/employment, and the environment. Volume proposals embracing any of the aforementioned issues, or issues closely related to the core themes of the volume, are welcome.

Further details about the book series are available through the Emerald website or from the Series Editor.

Rodney Hopson