Despite international congresses and international journals, anthropologies of education differ significantly around the world. Linguistic barriers constrain the flow of ideas, which results in a vast amount of research on educational anthropology that is not published in English or is difficult for international readers to find. This volume responds to the call to attend to educational research outside the United States and to break out of "metropolitan provincialism." A guide to the anthropologies and ethnographies of learning and schooling published in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Slavic languages, Japanese, and English as a second language, it shows how scholars in Latin America, Japan, and elsewhere adapt European, American, and other approaches to create new traditions. As the contributors show, educators draw on different foundational research and different theoretical discussions. Thus, this global survey raises new questions and casts a new light on what has become a too-familiar discipline in the United States.
Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt is Professor of Anthropology (retired) at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a former editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She is the author of Teaching Cultures: Knowledge for Teaching First Grade in France and the United States (Hampton 2002) and the editor of Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory (Palgrave Macmillan 2003). She now teaches at UCLA.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Anthropologies and Ethnographies of Education Worldwide Kathryn Anderson-Levitt Chapter 1. Towards a Historical Cultural Anthropology of Education: The Berlin Ritual Study Chrisoph Wulf Chapter 2. The Parochial Paradox: Anthropology of Education in the Anglophone World Sara Delamont Chapter 3. Anthropological Research on Educational Processes in Mexico Elsie Rockwell and Erika Gonzalez Apodaca Chapter 4. Anthropology and Education in the Argentinean Context: Research Experiences in Buenos Aires Maria Rosa Neufeld Chapter 5. Anthropology of Education in Brazil: Possible Pathways Ana Gomes and Nilma Lino Gomes Chapter 6. Ethnographies of Education in the French-Speaking World Maroussia Raveaud and Hughes Draelants Chapter 7. Anthropology of Education in Italy Francesca Gobbo Chapter 8. Central Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia) Gabor Eross Chapter 9. Educational Anthropology in a Welfare State Perspective: The Case of Scandinavia Sally Anderson, Eva Gullov, and Karen Valentin Chapter 10. The Development of Ethnographic Studies of Schooling in Japan Yasuko Minoura Chapter 11. Bamboo Shoots after Rain: Educational Anthropology and Ethnography in Mainland China Huhua Ouyang Chapter 12. Ethnography of Education in Israel Simha Shlasky, Bracha Alpert, and Naama Sabar-Ben Yehoshua Chapter 13. Sociological and Ethnographic Research in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa Boubacar Bayero Diallo Conclusion: Ethnography of Education Around the World: A Thousand Varieties, a Shared Paradigm Agnes van Zanten Notes on Contributors