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Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age

reviewed by Bradley A. U. Levinson - July 28, 2008

coverTitle: Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age
Author(s): Faye Harrison
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 0252074904, Pages: 376, Year: 2008
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For students and scholars of education, Faye Harrison’s Outsider Within provides an intriguing entrée to debates and tendencies in sociocultural anthropology over the last forty years or so. To be sure, Harrison occupies a particular place in these debates—the place, as she puts it, of “outsider within.” The book is, therefore, no disinterested treatise. Yet what stands out most in Harrison’s account is her passionate defense of anthropology as a holistic social science that also holds out one of the best hopes for achieving equity and social justice in a troubled global age. She exemplifies such hopes herself as she engages in “reworking anthropology” toward its true promise as a discipline. Professor Harrison brings an impressive and pertinent resume to her task. A Black woman from Norfolk, Virginia, she pursued her education at Brown (undergraduate) and Stanford (graduate) before returning to her native South to teach at a variety of strong... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 28, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15320, Date Accessed: 10/31/2020 9:30:52 AM

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  • Bradley Levinson
    Indiana University
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    BRADLEY A.U. LEVINSON is an anthropologist of education who teaches and currently directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University, and who edits the Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy. His recent research focuses on citizenship education for democracy, secondary education reform, and policy implementation in Mexico and Latin America.
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