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A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

Bradley A. Levinson (Editor), Mica Pollock (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39670-6 March 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 529 Pages


A Companion to the Anthropology of Education presents a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the field, exploring the social and cultural dimension of educational processes in both formal and nonformal settings.

  • Explores theoretical and applied approaches to cultural practice in a diverse range of educational settings around the world, in both formal and non-formal contexts
  • Includes contributions by leading educational anthropologists
  • Integrates work from and on many different national systems of scholarship, including China, the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Colombia, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, and Denmark
  • Examines the consequences of history, cultural diversity, language policies, governmental mandates, inequality, and literacy for everyday educational processes

List of Contributors viii

Introduction 1
Mica Pollock and Bradley A.U. Levinson

Part I Histories and Generations 9

1 World Anthropologies of Education 11
Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt

2 Culture 25
Frederick Erickson

3 The Ethnography of Schooling Writ Large, 1955–2010 34
Ray McDermott and Jason Duque Raley

4 Education, Cultural Production, and Figuring Out What to Do Next 50
Hervé Varenne, with Jill Koyama

5 Recovering History in the Anthropology of Education 65
Elsie Rockwell

6 The Rise of Class Culture Theory in Educational Anthropology 81
Douglas Foley

7 “If There’s Going to Be an Anthropology of Education …” 97
Harry F. Wolcott

8 Building an Applied Educational Anthropology beyond the Academy 112
Jean J. Schensul

Part II Education via Language: Speaking, Writing, Playing 135

9 Linguistic Anthropology of Education 137
Stanton Wortham and Angela Reyes

10 The Anthropology of Literacy 154
Lesley Bartlett, Dina López, Lalitha Vasudevan, and Doris Warriner

11 The Anthropology of Language Planning and Policy 177
Teresa L. McCarty and Larisa Warhol

12 Language Socialization across Educational Settings 197
Patricia Baquedano-López and Sera Jean Hernandez

13 Ethnographic Studies of Children and Youth and the Media 212
Joseph Tobin and Allison Henward

14 Hip Hop and the Politics of Ill-literacy 232
H. Samy Alim

15 Argumentation and the Negotiation of Scientific Authority in Classrooms 247
Laura J. Wright, Joel Kuipers, and Gail Viechnicki

Part III States, Identities, and Education 263

16 The Predicament of Embodied Nationalisms and Educational Subjects 265
Véronique Benei

17 Toward an Anthropology of (Democratic) Citizenship Education 279
Bradley A.U. Levinson

18 Development, Post-colonialism, and Global Networks as Frameworks for the Study of Education in Africa and Beyond 299
Amy Stambach and Zolani Ngwane

19 Civil Sociality and Childhood Education 316
Sally Anderson

20 Anthropological Perspectives on Chinese Children, Youth, and Education 333
Vanessa L. Fong and Sung won Kim

21 Schools, Skills, and Morals in the Contemporary Middle East 349
Fida Adely and Gregory Starrett

22 Educational Policy, Anthropology, and the State 368
Carlos Miñana Blasco and Carolina Arango Vargas

Part IV Roles, Experiences, and Institutions 389

23 Immigrants and Education 391
Margaret A. Gibson and Jill P. Koyama

24 Variations on Diversity and the Risks of Bureaucratic Complicity 408
Ángel Díaz de Rada and Livia Jiménez Sedano

25 Toward an Anthropology of Teachers and Teaching 425
Sarah Jewett and Katherine Schultz

26 Cultural Anthropology Looks at Higher Education 445
Wesley Shumar and Shabana Mir

27 What Makes the Anthropology of Educational Policy Implementation ‘Anthropological’? 461
Edmund T. Hamann and Lisa Rosen

Part V Interventions 479

28 The Past, Present, and Future of “Funds of Knowledge” 481
Norma González, Leisy Wyman, and Brendan H. O’Connor

29 Multiculturalism and Intercultural Education Facing the Anthropology of Education 495
Gunther Dietz and Laura Selene Mateos Cortés

30 A Sociohistorical Perspective for Participatory Action Research and Youth Ethnography in Social Justice Education 517
Julio Cammarota

31 Parents as Critical Educators and Ethnographers of Schooling 530
Janise Hurtig and Andrea Dyrness

32 The Critical Ethnography of Public Policy for Social Justice 547
Patricia D. Lopez, Angela Valenzuela, and Emmanuel García

Index 563

“There is much to admire in this volume and it is impossible to read it without learning a great deal. It is well edited with good cross-referencing, making clear the connections between the chapters. This is an important and welcome book that is likely to define the field for many years to come.”  (Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute, 1 May 2013)