Sneaky Kid and its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldworkreviewed by Audrey M. Dentith — 2003
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.) Title:
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Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CAISBN:
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- Audrey Dentith
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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.