When Discourses Collide

An Ethnography of Migrant Children at Home and in School

by Marianne Exum Lopez (Author)
Textbook XII, 211 Pages
Series: Rethinking Childhood , Volume 11


When Discourses Collide examines the discourse systems at work and play for three fifth grade migrant boys during an apple harvest season in south central Pennsylvania. The study is a critical ethnography that explores the lives of these children as they interacted in their families, in their friendships, with their teachers, and with their classmates. The book has a certain approachability that allows the reader to enter the homes of these children and know their families. It then moves into the classroom and seeks to address the issue of how dominant mainstream discourses overpower the discourses of marginalized children. Through countless examples, the author reveals discourse «collisions» that help to explain why schooling was such a frustrating experience for these boys, whose home language and home culture did not reflect that of the mainstream.


XII, 211
ISBN (Book)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Wien, 1999. XII, 211 pp.

Biographical notes

Marianne Exum Lopez (Author)

The Author: Marianne Exum Lopez received her Ph.D. in bilingual/language and literacy education at The Pennsylvania State University. She has worked with migrant children in the public schools for many years, both in eastern North Carolina and central Pennsylvania. She now resides in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband and infant daughter.


Title: When Discourses Collide