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“It’s a Calling. You Answered.”

“It’s a Calling. You Answered.” Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary comedy series airing on ABC, examines the plight of an underfunded, underresourced elementary school in Philadelphia. In this article, we argue that Abbott Elementary is a compelling look inside an, albeit fictional, urban school located in the city of Philadelphia. The mockumentary form of the series positions the viewer as ethnographer so that we, in essence, engage in data collection as we listen to documentary-style interviews with participants. Using intersectional analysis, we ponder two questions: How does Abbott Elementary expand or constrain our thinking through systems of domination around the politics of schooling? How might Abbott Elementary further inform our understandings of damage-centered and desire-based research? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Departures in Critical Qualitative Research University of California Press

“It’s a Calling. You Answered.”

“It’s a Calling. You Answered.”

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research , Volume 12 (3): 24 – Sep 1, 2023

Abstract

Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary comedy series airing on ABC, examines the plight of an underfunded, underresourced elementary school in Philadelphia. In this article, we argue that Abbott Elementary is a compelling look inside an, albeit fictional, urban school located in the city of Philadelphia. The mockumentary form of the series positions the viewer as ethnographer so that we, in essence, engage in data collection as we listen to documentary-style interviews with participants. Using intersectional analysis, we ponder two questions: How does Abbott Elementary expand or constrain our thinking through systems of domination around the politics of schooling? How might Abbott Elementary further inform our understandings of damage-centered and desire-based research?

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Publisher
University of California Press
Copyright
© 2023 by The Regents of the University of California
ISSN
2333-9489
eISSN
2333-9497
DOI
10.1525/dcqr.2023.12.3.48
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Abstract

Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary comedy series airing on ABC, examines the plight of an underfunded, underresourced elementary school in Philadelphia. In this article, we argue that Abbott Elementary is a compelling look inside an, albeit fictional, urban school located in the city of Philadelphia. The mockumentary form of the series positions the viewer as ethnographer so that we, in essence, engage in data collection as we listen to documentary-style interviews with participants. Using intersectional analysis, we ponder two questions: How does Abbott Elementary expand or constrain our thinking through systems of domination around the politics of schooling? How might Abbott Elementary further inform our understandings of damage-centered and desire-based research?

Journal

Departures in Critical Qualitative ResearchUniversity of California Press

Published: Sep 1, 2023

Keywords: Ethnography; Mockumentary; Anti-colonial; Desire-based research; Intersectional analysis; Popular culture; Urban education

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