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ERIC Number: EJ932691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Negotiating Power Relations and Ethnicity in a Sociolinguistic Ethnography in Madrid
Santos, Adriana Patino
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v10 n3 p145-163 2011
One of the major dilemmas when practising critical sociolinguistic ethnography within the field of education is the ethnographer's degree of implication within the studied site (Goldstein, 2003; Martin Rojo, 2003; Unamuno, 2004). How far should the researcher intervene within the daily practices he/she is observing? This exercise of methodological reflexivity implies, amongst other things, bringing to the fore the ways ethnographers negotiate their positions and identities when carrying out the fieldwork, a contingent complex process influenced by multiple factors that demands a continual renegotiation of such identities and positions. The main purpose of this article is to reflect upon the major dilemmas I faced, as a female researcher of Latin American origin, in negotiating power relations within conflictive classrooms in a high school located in the centre of Madrid. The conditions under which relations are negotiated give rise to consequences for the entire research (i.e., data collection and analysis, amongst other things). (Contains 5 footnotes and 4 excerpts.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)