Anthropology of Education

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The Gift of Education

Tells the story of how two philanthropists promised each of the 112 graduating sixth graders at Belmont Elementary, a school in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, a fully paid college education to the institution of their choice.

Legal Rights, Local Wrongs

Shows how education reforms take place within cauldrons of political interests and conflicting values and beliefs.

Listening to Urban Kids

Independent researchers interview urban middle school students to get their impressions of the teachers that help them to succeed in schools.

Canal Town Youth

A poignant study of how a group of poor white urban youth find respite from poverty, violence, and racism in a local community center.

Teachers and Educational Change

Presents powerful lessons about the realities of school reform by portraying the experiences of five teachers involved in a restructuring initiative.

Codes and Contradictions

This in-depth look at a diverse group of young women at an alternative high school illuminates issues of race, class, gender, and identity formation, and shows the enormous power of schools to re-orient young women from school failure to success.

Elusive Culture

A fascinating ethnographic study of a high school in Toronto, with surprising insights into how these adolescents identify themselves in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.

The Cultural Production of the Educated Person

Examines the ways in which cultural practices and knowledges are produced in and out of schools around the world.

Critical Pedagogy, the State, and Cultural Struggle

Schools have been traditionally defined as institutions of instruction, but the authors of this volume challenge that position in order to generate a new set of cultural categories and constructs through ...