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Sneaky Kid and its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork


reviewed by Audrey M. Dentith — 2003

coverTitle: Sneaky Kid and its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork
Author(s): Harry Wolcott
Publisher: Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA
ISBN: 0759103127, Pages: 222, Year: 2002
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Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath chronicles anthropologist Harry Wolcott’s life history of “Brad,” a 19-year-old school dropout discovered by the author during the early 1980s as a squatter living on his wooded property in Oregon. For a period of two years while the young man lived on Wolcott’s property in a self-constructed cabin, subsisting on food stamps and occasional paid labor, a relationship developed between the two that led to this current work. Brad’s story began as a case study Wolcott completed on the failures of education as part of a special funded endeavor of the School Finance Project. Wolcott hoped to foster increased understanding of the anthropological distinction between schooling and education and the results that stem from our limited insights into the inadequacies of education in relation to the accomplishments of schools. The circumstantial story of ‘Brad,’ his failed education, his dropping out of school, his strained and distant relationship with his divorced parents, the futility he perceives in paid labor, and his subsequent desperate... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1324-1327
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11099, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 9:05:11 PM

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  • Audrey Dentith
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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    AUDREY M. DENTITH, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Administrative Leadership at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is a qualitative researcher who has conducted fieldwork with girls and young women in Las Vegas, women in homeless shelters and pregnant teens in public high school programs. She is currently at work on a field project that focuses on teachers’ knowledge and work in urban settings. She has published articles in Scholarly Practitioner, Teaching Education, Educational Researcher, and the Journal of Research in Vocational Education among others.
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