Dr. Reed-Danahay's current research project, "Being French in London," is on contemporary French migrants to London and wider issues of EU mobility. She conducted ethnographic research in London during May and June 2016. She will continue her research with fieldwork trips to London in January and again in May through June 2017.

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

Selected Publications


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

[In press] “Confronting Community: From the Social Spaces of Rural France to the Vietnamese Diaspora.” In Anne Raulin and Susan Carol Rogers, eds., Transatlantic Parallaxes: Toward a Reciprocal Anthropology. Pp. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

‘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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