Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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Published (as Chapter 7) in C. Coe, R. Reynolds, D. Boehm, J.M. Hess, & H. Rae-Espinoza (Eds.), Everyday Ruptures: Children and Migration in Global Perspective (pp. 141-160). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Copyright © 2011 by Vanderbilt University Press.


Using examples of students in Mexico who used to attend US schools and examples from Georgia of students who used to and might again attend Mexican schools, this chapter considers how an unremarkable, quotidian activity—the act of attending school—can become means for transnationally mobile children to experience shock, disconnection, and a reiterated sense of dislocation if schools are incompletely responsive to learners' biographies.