Harry Wolcott's ground-breaking anthropological study into the life of an elementary school principal is now reprinted in a new edition. One of the first studies of its kind, Wolcott uses a microenthnographic approach to analyze a single occupation within urban American society. Originally written in 1973, the text skillfully applies anthropological concepts and methodology to the realm of education.
Harry F. Wolcott (1929-2012) was professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon and a leading author in anthropology and research methods. Wolcott's major works include anthropological studies of American education: Teachers Versus Technocrats and The Man in the Principal's Office: An Ethnography. He also wrote extensively on fieldwork and writing: Transforming Qualitative Data; The Art of Fieldwork; Ethnography: A Way of Seeing; and Writing Up Qualitative Data and is the author of the more recent Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (all published by AltaMira Press).
Part 1 Preface, 2003 Part 2 Preface and Acknowledgements, 1973 Part 3 About the Author Chapter 4 Chapter 1: A Principal Investigator in Search of a Principal Chapter 5 Chapter 2: A Day in the Life Chapter 6 Chapter 3: The Principal as a Person Chapter 7 Chapter 4: The School and Community Chapter 8 Chapter 5: What a Principal Does: Formal Encounters Chapter 9 Chapter 6: What a Principal Does: Informal Encounters and Daily Routines Chapter 10 Chapter 7: The Annual Cycle of the Principalship Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Maintaining the System: The Socialization of the Principal Chapter 12 Chapter 9: Maintaining the System: The Principal as Socializer Chapter 13 Chapter 10: Behind Many Masks Chapter 14 Chapter 11: Patience and Prudence Part 15 Epilogue: Reactions and Reflections