Ethnicity in Classtime Rituals

  • Jana Obrovská


This chapter concentrates on rituals of instruction that display the respect or contempt of teachers toward the students, used to affirm the desirable identity of a “good” student and confront those who do not achieve it. Obrovská focuses on instructional rituals permeated by the ethos of work that are directed at failing Roma boys in the context of classroom 8.A and deduces that even if unintentionally, these rituals deepen the distance of Roma boys from school and provoke rituals of resistance. Based on the analysis of teachers’ talk, the chapter depicts the ethnicization of maturity of Roma students. Roma students are ostensibly premature not because they are older (as an effect of postponed and interrupted school enrollment), but because of the “other” Roma way of maturing.


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  • Jana Obrovská
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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