Hopes in Friction: Schooling, Health and Everyday Life in Uganda by Lotte MeinertHopes in Friction: Schooling, Health and Everyday Life in Uganda by Lotte Meinert

Hopes in Friction: Schooling, Health and Everyday Life in Uganda

byLotte MeinertEditorLotte Meinert

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A volume in Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural StudiesSeries Editors Bradley A. U. Levinson, and Margaret Sutton, Indiana UniversityHopes in Friction offers a vivid portrait of life and the implementation of Universal Primary Education in Eastern Uganda, based on longtermfieldwork following a group of children as they grow up. The book considers how the actions and hopes of these children and families, to attainwhat they perceive as 'a good life', are crosscut by political aspirations and projects of schooling and health education.When hopes are in frictioninspiration as well as disappointment occur.Policy makers in Uganda and in international organisations expect health improvements as one of the bonuses of education programs.Families in Eastern Uganda also hope for and experience health - in the local sense of a good life - as part of schooling. Lotte Meinert explores thetaken for granted effect of schooling on health and focuses a careful eye on how boys and girls appropriate and negotiate ideas and moralities abouthealth in the context of what is possible ethically, materially and experientially.Endorsement: Hope in Friction gives us first-hand insight into the aspirations and ideals of Ugandan schoolchildren. Meinert shows us how localcommunities shape and reshape health education policies. Like two sticks rubbed together, top-down programs and bottom-up perceptions of wellbeinggrate to produce sparks of hope. This work makes an important contribution to a growing literature on schooling in contemporary Africa. [AmyStambach, author of Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community, and Gender in east Africa]Amy Stambach, University of Wisconsin-MadisonWhat do we learn when we go to school? Among other things, Lotte Meinert reminds us, children learn the bodily techniques of a hierarchicalmodernity: standing in lines, singing during parades, bending to be caned, sitting at desks. Within this frame, formal abstractions about health care inthe eastern Ugandan primary school curriculum are not translated into domestic practice. Yet this lively and insightful book holds further surprises.School children do use their education-for example, to mediate for their parents with disrespectful health professionals. Hopes in Frictionexemplifies the power of the anthropological gaze to move us outside the narrow confines of educational policy debates, allowing us to re-examineboth the dead-ends and promises of schooling.Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Title:Hopes in Friction: Schooling, Health and Everyday Life in UgandaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.34 × 0.68 inPublished:December 31, 2009Publisher:Information Age PublishingLanguage:English

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