ERIC Number: ED414069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-26
Bangladeshi Girls' Friendships in an English Primary School Locale.
Deegan, James G.
Despite England's long history of research on children's friendships, little is known of what it is like to be or have friends or how developing conceptions of friendship become embedded in children's social lives in increasingly culturally diverse English primary schools. This study, following an extensive search of the literature, explored Bangladeshi girls' friendships in two mixed-age primary school classrooms in England. Ethnographic observations and interviews were used; interview data were characterized by terse responses and children's difficulty in providing applied examples of the expressive dimensions of their friendships. The core theme of analysis was children's enabling and constraining negotiation of friendships within their own tacitly agreed upon boundaries of space and time in the locale. Data showed that for white children, Bangladeshi girls were elusive and ephemeral. They were perceived as always moving, not lingering at a stopping point in the street. Many white children were also aware that religious and cultural constraints affected Bangladeshi girls' opportunities to play outside their own homes or yards. Bangladeshi girls' friendships were situated in domestic and inter-domestic domains and their common ethnic identities. They unwittingly "deconstructed" the street as a place where play and games are appropriate and "reconstructed" it as a locale where modifications of presences and absences is an everyday ethnic-based occurrence. The "movement" of Bangladeshi girls thus helped fuel ethnic-based friendships. (Contains 43 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)