Reading in Anthropology and Education


The following readings are required for the course EDUC547. Please do not distribute and use only in the context of this course.

Session 1

Bohannen, Laura. (1966). Shakespeare in the Bush: An American anthropologist set out to study the Tiv of West Africa and was taught the true meaning of Hamlet. Natural History 75: 28–33.

Session 2

Marcus, G E, and D Cushman. 1982. “Ethnographies as Texts.” Annual Review of Anthropology 11 (1): 25–69.

Bourgois, Philippe. 1996. Confronting Anthropology, Education and Inner-City Apartheid. American Anthropologist 98(2): 249-265.

Levinson, B.A. 1999. Resituating the Place of Educational Discourse in Anthropology. American Anthropologist 101(3): 594-604.

Session 3

Pollock, Mica. (2004). Race Bending: “Mixed” Youth Practicing Strategic Racialization in California. Anthropology & Education Quarterly 35(1):30–52.

Fordham, Signithia. 2008. Beyond Capital High: On Dual Citizenship and the Strange Career of “Acting White.”  Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 39(3): 227–246.

Cox, A. (2015). Introduction and Chapter 3: Narratives of protest and play. In Shapeshifters: Black girls and the choreography of citizenship (pp. 1–61). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Session 4

Gray, Mary. (2009). Chapter 2: Unexpected Activists: Homemakers Club and Gay Teens at the Local Library. In Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, New York: NYU Press, 35–60.

Archambault, C. S. (2011). Ethnographic Empathy and the Social Context of Rights: “Rescuing” Maasai Girls from Early Marriage. American Anthropologist, 113(4), 632–643.

Adely, F. (2012). “God made beautiful things”: Proper faith and religious authority in a Jordanian high school. American Ethnologist, 39(2), 297–312.

Session 5

Macleod, J. (2008). Chapter 2: Social reproduction in theoretical perspective, Chapter 3: Teenagers in Clarendon Heights, Chapter 9: the Hallway Hangers. In Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood (3rd ed.). Boulder CO: Westview Press.

Mcdermott, R., & Varenne, H. (1998). Introduction and Chapter 1: Adam, Adam, Adam and Adam: The Cultural Construction of a Learning Disability. In Successful Failure: The School America Builds (pp. 1–20, 25–42). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Hatt, B. (2011). Smartness as a Cultural Practice in Schools. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3), 438–460.

Session 6

Ho, Karen. (2009). Chapter 1: Biographies of Hegemony: The Culture of Smartness, and the Recruitment and Construction of Investment Bankers in: Ho, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (pp. 39-72). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Posecznick, A. (2017). Introduction: An Unsettling Beginning and Chapter 2: How to Sell Hope and Mobility. In Selling hope and college: Merit, markets, and recruitment at an unranked school (pp. 1–16). New York: Cornell University Press.

Urciuoli, B. (2009). Talking / Not Talking about Race: The Enregisterments of Culture in Higher Education Discourses. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 19(1), 21–39.

Session 7

Erickson, F. (1987). Transformation and School Success: The politics and culture of educational achievement. Anthropology and Education Quarterly 18(4): 335-356.

Bartlett, Lesley. (2007). Human Capital or Human Connections? The Cultural Meanings of Education in Brazil. Teachers College Record 109(7): 1613-1636.

Park, J.S.Y. 2010. Naturalization of Competencies and the Neoliberal Subject: Success Stories of English Language Learning in Korean Conservative Press. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 20(1): 22-38.

Session 8

Abu El-Haj, T. R. (2009). Imagining postnationalism: Arts, citizenship education, and Arab American Youth. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 40(1), 1–19.

Tanu, D. (2018). Introduction: Unpacking “Third Culture Kids” and Chapter 6: Invisible diversity. In Growing up in transit: The politics of belonging at an international school. New York: Berghahn.

Oliveira, Gabrielle. (2019). ‘Here and There’: Children and Youth’s Perspectives of Borders in Mexico-United States Migration. Children & Society, 33, 540-555.

Session 9

Aires, M. M. P. (2012). Legalizing Indigenous Identities: The Tapeba Struggle for Land and Schools in Caucaia, Brazil. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 17(2), 320–340.

Riggan, J. (2013). “It seemed like a punishment”: Teacher transfers, hollow nationalism, and the intimate state in Eritrea. American Ethnologist, 40(4), 749–763.

Rubin, R. and Cervinkova, H. (2019). Challenging Silences: Democratic Citizenship Education and Historical Memory in Poland and Guatemala. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 51(2), 178-194.

Session 10

Mehan, H. (2008). Engaging the Sociological Imagination : My Journey into Design Research and Public Sociology. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 39(1), 77–91.

Givens, J. R., Nasir, N., ross, kihana, & de Royston, M. M. (2016). Modeling Manhood: Reimagining Black Male Identities in School. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 47(2), 167–185.

Checker, M., Davis, D. A., & Schuller, M. (2014). Public Anthropology: Conversations. American Anthropologist, 116(2), 408–409.