ERIC Number: EJ1062432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
"Make My Day, Shoot a Teacher": Tactics of Inclusion and Exclusion, and the Contestation of Community in a Rural School-Community Conflict
McHenry-Sorber, Erin; Schafft, Kai A.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n7 p733-747 2015
Far from being the harmonious and homogenous communities of popular imagination, rural communities often are characterised by stark differences in class-situated values over education philosophy and financing. These differences can produce contentious political environments, vastly complexifying local decision-making, including school district policy-making, budgeting, and teacher contract negotiations. Through an exemplar case study, we examine one such conflict and how a hegemonic narrative was constructed by local actors to consolidate political power using crafted constructions of "other" and competing narratives of community and community membership. This paper explores "insider-outsider" identity constructions arising out of community-school conflict, and the ways in which rural teachers, working from the position of "outsider", navigated these constructions.
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Conflict, Rural Schools, Inclusion, Case Studies, Politics of Education, Political Power, Social Distance, Teachers, Semi Structured Interviews, Documentation
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania