Parent involvement as ritualized practice

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This article examines parent involvement (PI) as a ritual system using Turner's concept of root paradigms. Through a twofold analysis, I argue that the highly ritualized nature of PI practices creates a group identity among mainstream parents and schools that marginalizes diverse families. First, I point out three root paradigms in the ritual system of PI. Second, I provide an empirical example using the experiences of Haitian immigrant parents in greater Boston.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-421
Number of pages18
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Immigrants
  • Parent involvement
  • Rituals
  • Schools
  • Social class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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