When DisCourses Collide: An Ethnography of Migrant Children at Home and in School / Edition 1

When DisCourses Collide: An Ethnography of Migrant Children at Home and in School / Edition 1

by Marianne Exum Lopez
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Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

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When DisCourses Collide: An Ethnography of Migrant Children at Home and in School / Edition 1

When Discourses Collide examines the discourse systems at work and play for three fifth grade migrant boys during an apple harvest season in south central Pennsylvania. The study is a critical ethnography that explores the lives of these children as they interacted in their families, in their friendships, with their teachers, and with their classmates. The book has a certain approachability that allows the reader to enter the homes of these children and know their families. It then moves into the classroom and seeks to address the issue of how dominant mainstream discourses overpower the discourses of marginalized children. Through countless examples, the author reveals discourse «collisions» that help to explain why schooling was such a frustrating experience for these boys, whose home language and home culture did not reflect that of the mainstream.

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ISBN-13: 9780820441658
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Series: Rethinking Childhood Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 211
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1.1A Look at the Observer1
1.2Interactive Discourses of Migrant Children9
1.3Using Critical Ethnography11
1.4Outline of the Study16
2Life in Apple Country17
2.1Life in the Community17
2.2Relationships between Families of Privilege and Farmworkers20
3The Three Families25
3.1Family Roots25
3.2Getting to Know the Families31
3.3Life at Home39
3.4Boys Have a Prominent Place in the Family47
3.5Literacy Is for Specific Purposes49
3.6Maintaining Identity54
3.7Family Traditions57
3.8Moving Is a Part of Life68
3.9Dreams for the Future76
4The World of School79
4.1A Look at the District79
4.2A Look at the Schools94
4.3A Look at the Boys in School112
5The Boys' Peer Relationships139
5.1Classmate Interaction139
6Collision of the Discourses159
7.1The Boys as Family Members172
7.2The Boys as Students177
7.3The Boys as Classmates182
7.4The Boys as Friends183
7.5When the Discourses Intersected184
7.6Lessons Learned191
7.7Final Thoughts195
AMethodology for the Study197
A.1The Research Question197
A.2Gaining Access and Ethical Considerations198
A.4Data Analysis200
A.5On Interpretation and Emergence202

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