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Alternative Anthropological Perspectives on Education Framework

by Hervé Varenne - 2007

What might happen to our understanding of education if we, as researchers, systematically suspended our most common understandings of what is to count as education and, instead, trusted people to tell us what they do deliberately to transform each other and their conditions?

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 109 Number 7, 2007, p. 1539-1544
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13810, Date Accessed: 9/25/2020 10:44:05 AM

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  • Hervé Varenne
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    HERVÉ VARENNE is professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a cultural anthropologist, his major interests center on the processes that produce particular conditions for human beings in history, and their consequences. His most recent book, written with Ray McDermott, deals with the consequences of American schooling (Successful Failure, Westview 1998). Three recent articles develop the themes: with Ray McDermott, "Reconstructing Culture" (In New Horizons in the Ethnography of Education, ed. G. Spindler, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006); with Mary Cotter, "Dr. Mom? Constituting, and Playing with, Statuses during Hospital Labor" (Human Studies, 2006); and “On NCATE Standards and Culture at Work” (Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 2007).
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