Dr. Reed-Danahay's current research project, "EU Mobility: The French in London," is on contemporary French migrants to London and wider issues of EU mobility.  This ethnographic research provides a pre- and post-Brexit perspectives on a broad range of French citizens living in London.  It will eventually result in a book manuscript.

She is also completing a book manuscript, “Bourdieu and Social Space: Emplacements, Proximities, Trajectories” which addresses ways to conceptualize affinity and belonging among migrants in Europe.

Selected Publications


In process.   Bourdieu and Social Space: Emplacements, Proximities, Trajectories.  Under contract with Berghahn Publishers.

2012 Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants.  Stanford: Stanford University Press (with coauthor Caroline B. Brettell).

2008 Citizenship, Political Engagement and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (with coeditor Caroline B. Brettell). Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

2005 Locating Bourdieu.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

1997 Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.  Oxford: Berg Publishers.

1996 Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Special Journal Editor

1987 Anthropological Research in France: Problems and Prospects for the Study of Complex Society. Anthropological Quarterly 60(2).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Bourdieu, Social Space, and the Nation-State: Implications for Migration Studies,” Sociologica [Bologna] (Symposium / Space, Interaction and Communication, edited by Barbara Grüning and René Tuma). 2: 1-22, 2017. Doi: 10.2383/88198

"Autoethnography." In John Jackson, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

"Bourdieu and Critical Autoethnography: Implications for Research, Writing, and Teaching," International Journal of Multicultural Education. 19(1):144-154, 2017.

“Participating, Observing, Witnessing,” In Simon Coleman, Susan Hyatt, and Ann Kingsolver, eds., Routledge Companion to Cultural Anthropology.  Pp. 57-71. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2017.

“Confronting Community: From Rural France to the Vietnamese Diaspora.”  In Anne Raulin and Susan Carol Rogers, eds., Transatlantic Parallaxes: Toward Reciprocal Anthropology.  Pp. 125-142.   Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015. [Revised English version of 2012]

‘Like a Foreigner in my own Homeland’: Writing the Dilemmas of Return in the Vietnamese American Diaspora, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 22(5): 603-618, 2015.

 “Social Space: Distance, Proximity, and Thresholds of Affinity.” In Vered Amit, ed., Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts. Pp. 69-96. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015.

“The Vietnamese American Buddhist Youth Association: A Community of Practice for Learning Civic Skills," TSANTSA [Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society] 7: 76-85, 2012.

“La notion de ‘ communauté’ à l’épreuve des terrains : des espaces sociaux de la France rurale à la diaspora vietnamienne,” Parallaxes Transatlantiques: Pour une Anthropologie Réciproque. Edited by Anne Raulin and Susan Carol Rogers. Pp. 159-180. Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2012.

“Citizenship, Immigration, and Embodiment: Vietnamese Americans in North-Central Texas.” In Meenakshi Thapan, ed. Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times. Pp. 101-119. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India): Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 2010.

“Bourdieu’s Ethnography in Béarn and Kabylia: The Peasant Habitus.” In Goodman, Jane and Paul A. Silverstein, eds. Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Policies, Theoretical Developments. Pp. 133-163. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

“Anthropologists, Education, and Autoethnography: Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year; Robin Fox, Participant Observer, Sherry Ortner, New Jersey Dreaming; Anne Meneley and Donna J. Young, eds., Auto-Ethnographies: The Anthropology of Academic Practices.” Reviews in Anthropology. 38: 28-47, 2009.

"`Communities of Practice’ for Civic and Political Engagement: Asian Indian and Vietnamese Immigrant Organizations in a Southwest Metropolis,” Caroline B. Brettell and Deborah Reed-Danahay. In Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick and Irene Bloemraad, eds. 2008. Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement. Pp. 195-221. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008.

“From the ‘Imagined Community’ to ‘Communities of Practice’: Immigrant Belonging among Vietnamese Americans.” In Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell, eds., Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Pp. 78-98. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

“Introduction,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell. In Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell, eds., Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Pp. 1-18. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

“Citizenship Education in the 'New Europe’: Who Belongs?” In Bradley Levinson and Doyle Stevick, eds., Reimagining Civic Education: How Diverse Societies Form Democratic Citizens. Pp. 197-215. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Pubs., 2007.

“De la Résistance: Ethnographie et Théorie dans la France Rurale,” Education et Sociétés (Paris): 19(1):115-131, 2007. [Revision and translation of Reed-Danahay 1993].

“Becoming Educated, Becoming an Individual? Tropes of Distinction and 'Modesty' in French Narratives of Rurality.” In Vered Amit and Noel Dyck, eds., Claiming Individuality: The Cultural Politics of Distinction. Pp. 131-52. London: Pluto Press, 2006.

“Desire, Migration, and Attachment to Place: Life Stories of Rural French Women.” In Bilinda Straight, ed., Women on the Verge of Home: Narratives of Home and Transgressive Travel. Pp. 129-148. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.

“Tristes Paysans: Bourdieu’s Early Ethnography in Béarn and Kabylia,” Anthropological Quarterly. 77(1):87-106, 2004.

“Europeanization and French Primary Education: Local Implications of Supranational Policies.” In Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, ed., Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory. Pp. 201-18. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

“Sites of Memory: Autoethnographies from Rural France,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Special Issue on Biography and Geography 25(1): 95-109, 2002.

“`This is Your Home Now!’” Conceptualizing Location and Dislocation in a Dementia Unit, Qualitative Research. 1(1):47-63, 2001.

“Autobiography, Intimacy, and Ethnography.” In Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Sara Delamont, Lyn Lofland, and John Lofland, eds., Handbook of Ethnography. Pp.407-25. London: Sage Publications, 2001. [Paperback edition, 2007]

“Habitus and Cultural Identity: Home/School Relationships in Rural France.” In Bradley Levinson, ed., Schooling the Symbolic Animal. Pp. 223-236. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

“Friendship, Kinship and the Life Course in Rural Auvergne.” In Sandra Bell and Simon Coleman, eds., The Anthropology of Friendship. Pp.137-154. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1999.

“Introduction.” In D. Reed-Danahay, ed., Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. Pp. 1-17. Oxford and New York: Berg, 1997.

“Leaving Home: Schooling Stories and the Ethnography of Autoethnography in Rural France.” In D. Reed-Danahay, ed., Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. Pp. 123-143. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1997.

“Diversity and Health Care: The Nursing Home.” In Larry L. Naylor, ed., Diversity in American Culture. Pp. 291-303. S. Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvey, 1997.

“Persistance et Adaptation d’un Rite de Passage: La Fête Communale et les “Conscrits” dans une Commune du Puy-de-Dôme,” Revue d'Auvergne. 539 (2):130-6, 1996.

“Champagne and Chocolate: `Taste` and Inversion in a French Wedding Ritual,” American Anthropologist. 98(4):750-761, 1996.

“The Kabyle and the French: Occidentalism in Bourdieu's Theory of Practice." In James Carrier (ed.), Occidentalism: Images of the West. Pp. 61-84. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

“Talking About Resistance: Ethnography and Theory in Rural France,” Anthropological Quarterly. 66(4):221-246, 1993.

“La production de l'identité régionale: L'Auvergnat dans le Puy-de-Dôme rural,” Ethnologie française. (Paris) 21(1)42-48, 1991.

“Backward Countryside, Troubled City: French Teachers' Images of Rural and Working-Class Families,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt. American Ethnologist. 18(3):546-564, 1991.

“Farm Children at School: Educational Strategies in Rural France,” Anthropological Quarterly. 60(2):83-89, 1987.

“Introduction: Anthropological Research in France: Problems and Prospects for the Study of Complex Society,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Susan Carol Rogers. Anthropological Quarterly. 60(2):51-55, 1987.

“Une approche des rapports de l'école et du pouvoir en Auvergne par une ethnologue Américaine, Bulletin des Ruralistes Français (Paris). 16(4):4-9, 1981.

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