Review: Dennis Beach, Tuula Gordon & Elina Lahelma (Eds.) (2003). Democratic Education: Ethnographic Challenges

  • Graciela Cortés Camarillo
Keywords: ethnography-Nordic countries, policy analysis-Nordic countries, educational policies-practices, social justice and democracy, gender, social class, ethnicity, nationality


Democratic Education: Ethnographic Challenges is an important resource for all who are interested not only in education but also in research, public administration and policy analysis. Ethnographers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States share with us research conducted in their countries. The ten studies examine in depth the impact of new-right policies in educational settings. In this regard, democracy and social justice are discussed while focusing on gender, social class, ethnicity and nationality. The authors frame their work in diverse ways including the use of Marxist, feminist, poststructuralist and postcolonial theories. The findings invite us to think critically about daily life in schools. Aside from the overall importance of the topic, this book is also a good example of interdisciplinary and international collaboration. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0501206


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Author Biography

Graciela Cortés Camarillo
Graciela CORTÉS CAMARILLO is a teacher educator. Her research interests are teacher education and educational administration. She is the head of the Elementary School Teacher Education Program in the largest and oldest education school in The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. As an administrator as well as a teacher and researcher she is committed to critical theory in education. She has done some research framing in this approach. In a previous issue of FQS she wrote a review to "Critical Literacy in Classroom and Community" (
How to Cite
Cortés Camarillo, G. (2005). Review: Dennis Beach, Tuula Gordon & Elina Lahelma (Eds.) (2003). Democratic Education: Ethnographic Challenges. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1).