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The Cultural Production of the Educated Person
Critical Ethnographies of Schooling and Local Practice
The Cultural Production of the Educated Person
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Bradley A. Levinson - Editor
Douglas E. Foley - Editor
Dorothy C. Holland - Editor
Lois Weis - Foreword by
SUNY series, Power, Social Identity, and Education
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Hardcover - 352 pages
Release Date: March 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2859-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2859-7

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Release Date: March 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2860-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2860-3

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

"Those of us who do critical ethnographic research must be willing to move across national and international borders to probe further the meaning of our conceptions of schooling as related to the economy, society, and culture. Levinson, Foley, and Holland are the first to my knowledge to put together a volume that takes seriously the global dimensions of issues under consideration in critical cultural studies. The authors specifically probe issues of cultural production in a wide variety of economic and cultural contexts, making a major contribution to the literature. The essays span Taiwan, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, the U.S., and Nepal. The potential for engaging with these essays in a variety of ways is truly exciting and I urge readers to work across essays in order to probe theoretical issues of importance." -- From the Foreword by Lois Weis

Eleven historical-ethnographic case studies examine the social and cultural projects of modern schools, and the contestations, dramatic and not, that emerge in and around and against them. These case studies, ranging from Taiwan to South Texas, build upon an original joining of anthropology, critical education theory, and cultural studies. The studies advance the concept of cultural production as a way of understanding the dynamics of power and identity formation underlying different forms of "education." Using the concept of the "educated person" as a culture-specific construct, the authors examine conflicts and points of convergence between cultural practices and knowledges that are produced in and out of schools.

"There is a paucity of comparative anthropological work in this area. This international approach to cultural production is much needed." -- Erwin Epstein, Ohio State University

Bradley A. Levinson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Augustana College. Douglas E. Foley is Professor of Education and of Anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of From Peones to Politics; Learning Capitalist Culture; and The Heartland Chronicles: A Tale of Mesquaki-White Relations. Dorothy C. Holland is J. Ross Macdonald Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is coeditor of Cultural Models in Language and Educated in Romance: Women, Achievement, and College Culture.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Foreword

1. The Cultural Production of the Educated Person: An Introduction
Bradley A. Levinson and Dorothy Holland

I. SCHOOLS AS SITES FOR THE CULTURAL PRODUCTION OF THE EDUCATED PERSON

2. Behind Schedule: Batch-Produced Children in French and U.S. Classrooms
Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt

3. The Silent Indian as a Cultural Production
Douglas E. Foley

4. Becoming Somebody in and against School: Toward a Psychocultural Theory of Gender and Self Making
Wendy Luttrell

5. In Search of Aztlán: Movimiento Ideology and the Creation of a Chicano Worldview Through Schooling
Armando Trujillo

II. THE EDUCATED PERSON IN COMPETING SITES OF CULTURAL PRODUCTION

6. Formal Schooling and the Production of ModernCitizens in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Laura Rival

7. The Production of Biologists at School and Work:Making Scientists, Conservationists, or Flowery Bone-Heads?
Margaret Eisenhart

8. Taiwanese Schools against Themselves: School CultureVersus the Subjectivity of Youth
Thomas A. Shaw

III. THE EDUCATED PERSON IN STATE DISCOURSE AND LOCAL PRACTICE

9. Social Difference and Schooled Identity at a Mexican Secundaria
Bradley A. Levinson

10. From Indios to Profesionales :Stereotypes and Student Resistance in Bolivian Teacher Training
Aurolyn Luykx

11. Schools and the Cultural Production of the EducatedPerson in a Nepalese Hill Community
Debra Skinner and Dorothy Holland

12. Keys to Appropriation: Rural Schooling in Mexico
Elsie Rockwell

Notes on Contributors

Index



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