What could possibly go wrong? (by way of introducing ‘the ethnographer’ to a primary school assembly) [Abstract]

Recommended citation

Webb, R. (2018). ‘What could possibly go wrong? (by way of introducing ‘the ethnographer’ to a primary school assembly)’, entanglements, 1(2): 114-119.

 

 

Abstract

This récit recounts the experience of the author in engaging with the idea of ‘who is the ethnographer’ to a whole-school assembly, before entering an English primary school to begin a year-long ethnographic study. Its purpose is three-fold. First, to re-visit the intentions, excitements and possibilities of the author, introducing herself to teachers and children alike in this forum as a creative performance. Second, to recount ‘what actually happened’ in the assembly through her re-engagement with an account she made of it immediately following the event. Third, in light of the somewhat unexpected (and certainly chaotic) occurrences, to consider just what this produced and enabled, ethnographically, that may not have otherwise become possible.