A Contingent Embrace: Divergent Realities of Inclusion at a Rural School

Cristina Ortiz

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    Abstract

    This article examines a rural public school with an increasingly racially diverse and working-class student body as a site where inclusion and exclusion were negotiated based on popular beliefs about culture. I look at how the interpretation of particular behaviors as indicative of a cultural regard for the value of formal education created divergent understandings of the school as welcoming or exclusive. Although the school's mission statement explicitly positioned the school as inclusive, many Latinos understood the acceptance of their presence and their culture in the institution as conditional on their assimilation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)264-278
    Number of pages15
    JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
    Volume47
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

    Keywords

    • Latino
    • Midwest
    • rural
    • school

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