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From the Publisher"a beautifully-realized work of mature scholarship and highly readable...One could hand the book to a student and say, without much exaggeration, 'Read this, and then follow up the sources, and you will be a fully formed socio linguist'. It is a spectacular book, and the ambition proclaimed in its title, that the work will be relevant far beyond the world of classroom ethnography in which it is centered, is very much justified in its content"
The Journal of Sociolinguistics
"It is difficult to do justice to this book in one review. It is complex, lucidly written ... a major contribution to the field"
British Journal of Sociology of Education
"Combining interactional analysis with capacious theoretical argument, it exemplifies the best tradition of ethnography sociolinguistics..."
Journal of Anthropological Research