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Unpredictable Meanings

Claudia Matus

Chapter 8 Ethnography and Education Policy. A Critical Analysis of Normalcy and Difference in Schools

Abstract This chapter presents excerpts produced in the field arranged around themes. I organize this chapter rhizomatically rather than linearly to explore the political possibilities of meaning taking form in the relation between the reader and the scenes. The act of interpreting and getting something out of field notes interrupts the narrow idea of expertise through understanding field notes as already analyzed pieces of data. As such, the process promotes a more political, chaotic, and unpredictable usage of this material and forces the reader to question her/his own ways of perpetuating dominant understandings in the production of normal and deviant school identities.