This work adds to the scholarship in the field by exploring educational processes in the broadest manner and from a variety of disciplinary orientations. At its core is the challenge it issues: What sort of research should one conduct if s/he believes the commonly held idea that education is a broader process than it is made to be when one takes schooling as a paradigmatic institution of education?
Foreword to the Series; Acknowledgement; General Introduction; Alternative Anthropological Perspectives on Education Framework - Herve Varenne Framework; Public Education and the Education of the Public - Lawrence A. Cremin; Difficult Collective Deliberations: Anthropological Notes Toward a Theory of Education - Herve Varenne; I. Local Education into Cultural Conditions; Introduction to Part I: Local Education into Cultural Conditions - Herve Varenne; Hidden Education among African Americans during Slavery - Grey Gundaker; Human Capital or Human Connections? The Cultural Meanings of Education in Brazil - Lesley Bartlett; Enclothing Identity: A Hmong Girl's Journey into the Politics of Identification in Thailand - Tracy Johnson; Is Music 'Haram'? Jordanian Girls Educating Each Other About Nation, Faith and Gender in School - Fida Adely; On Sentimental Education among American College Students - Portia Sabin; II. Renewed Educative Constitutions of Future Conditions; Introduction to Part II: Renewed Educative Constitutions of Future Conditions - Herve Varenne; The Cockpit's Empty Chair: Education through Appropriating Alienation at a Chicago Technology Museum - Anne Lorimer; (Mis-) Education into American Racism - Linda Lin; Regrading the Eighth Grade: Disciplining those who Discipline in a Jesuit Middle School of the American Midwest - James Mullooly; Hard of Hearing in Sweden: Educating about and for Pathology - Alison Stratton; Outspoken Indigenes and Nostalgic Migrants: Maori and Samoan Educating; Performances in an Aotoearoa New Zealand Cultural Festival - Ilana Gershon and Solonaima Collins; Discussion; From John Dewey to an Anthropology of Education - Ray McDermott and Jason Raley; Toward a Comprehensive System of Education - Ed Gordon and Michael Rebell.