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ERIC Number: EJ1096074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745 -7823
Puncturing Notions of Precarity through Critical Educational Research on Young Lives in Australia: Towards a Critical Ethnography of Youth
Smyth, John
Ethnography and Education, v11 n2 p129-141 2016
This papers deals in a polemical fashion with what is arguably one of the most contentious issues in education--the disengagement of increasing numbers of young people from schooling. It makes the argument that what is occurring is that global forces are conspiring to position young people as a form of "social waste" and that allowing them to be unproblematically portrayed as constituting a precariat is an over-simplification if not a misrepresentation. In making the case for a different approach, conceived in terms of a "critical ethnography of student disengagement," the paper invokes a political economy approach in which learning is seen as a political act engaged in by young people. The paper concludes with a series of propositions intended to provide a different and more critically ethnographic inflection on what is occurring. [Paper presented to a symposium entitled "Living learning on the edge: constructions and contestations of precarity," European Educational Research Association conference, Porto, Portugal, 2 September 2014.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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