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A Reading with the Author: Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School

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Location: MIT

Fridays 10AM-12PM

February 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017

This micro-seminar will be organized around a collective reading of the instructor’s newly released ethnography, CompulsoryCompulsory is a critical ethnography of one state’s juvenile prison school system in which the author explores state constructions of race and gender power. Seminar participants will consider the specific questions of juvenile incarceration, compulsory state education, and critical ethnographic research tools. Particular attention will be paid to the use of feminist methodologies and theories in the book, with an eye toward their use in seminar participants’ own scholarly inquiry. This seminar will be relevant to students who are interested in critical qualitative feminist research, prison, education, and/or theories of race and gender.



Sabina Vaught is Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Director of Educational Studies, Chair of Education, and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University. Dr. Vaught is also Co-Chair of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS).  Dr. Vaught's scholarship examines the state institutional contexts and dynamics of race, gender, schooling, and power. Her research is grounded in critical race and feminist theories.

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