“You’re Down, We’re Up!” Social and Ethnic Boundaries in Elementary School

Vorlíček Radek

Abstract

The article explores the dynamics of social marginality and dominance
in educational settings. Special attention is paid to the role of schools in
the process of boundary constructions. The article deals with social distance
dynamics among pupils in elementary school, and observes how these dynamics
strengthen or weaken their position in the hierarchy. The text describes
social interaction in a group of children, and records the context in which the
inclusion or exclusion of those who are seen as the bearers of an identity other
than the group dominant identity takes place, and whether it has the character
of ethnic or social class. The article is based on long-term, qualitative,
inductive, and ethnographic fieldwork. The central method of the fieldwork
was ethnographic observation. To large degree, the research was conducted
in the framework of interactionism. The article sheds light on many aspects
of social exclusion in educational settings and on the obstacles of educational
research.

Keywords

educational settings; social interaction; social exclusion; Roma pupil; ethnicity

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Vydání: 18, 2016, 3