Symbolic boundary work in schools: Demarcating and denying ethnic boundaries

Yosepha Tabib-Calif, Edna Lomsky-Feder

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This article examines the symbolic boundary work that is carried out at a school whose student population is heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity and class. Based on ethnography, the article demonstrates how the school's staff seeks to neutralize ethnic boundaries and their accompanying discourse, while the pupils try to bring ethnic boundaries back in and place the interethnic encounter prominently on the school's agenda.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)22-38
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Ethnic boundaries
  • Ethnicity
  • Integration
  • Symbolic boundary work

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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