Education and Cultural Process: Anthropological Approaches by George D. Spindler
560 pages, $52.95 list
0-88133-958-X
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Education and Cultural Process
Anthropological Approaches
Third Edition
Hoping to increase awareness the subtle permutations of culture in the classroom, editor-anthropologist George Spindler has collected articles from leading scholars in the field of anthropology and education. This insightful volume represents a diversity of interests and approaches that define and further develop topics of central interest to anthropology and education. The chosen selections are arranged around several important themes: approaches to the study of schools, education and cultural process in the United States, cultural process in education viewed transculturally, transcultural comparisons, and teaching culture. The editor, widely recognized as the father of the field of educational anthropology, has included helpful previews to each section that point out significant ideas and trace their development.
Reviews
“A stimulating collection relevant to sociology and anthropology of education.” — George F. Stine, Millersville University

“A superb source for thought-provoking issues and exemplars. Thank you for the latest edition.” — Linda Mabry, Indiana University

“This is a useful introduction to the work that constitutes anthropology and education.” — George W. Noblit, University of North Carolina

“The anthropological roots of what has come to be known as qualitative research are honored by this volume, as are the seminal contributions of George and Louise Spindler. Like many others, my interest in ethnographic studies of schools was stimulated by the first edition, and this new edition is most welcome.” — Richard Wisniewski, University of Tennessee

“For those who believe that education itself cannot be understood without a thorough appreciation of the cultural analyses of the past forty years, this is one of the few books that can be regarded as absolutely required.” — Richard Ruiz, University of Arizona
Table of Contents
Part I. HISTORY

1. Theory, Research, and Application in Educational Anthropology (Elizabeth M. Eddy)

2. Educational Anthropology: Early History and Educationist Contributors (Rosalie Ford)

Part II. APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF SCHOOLS

3. Ethnography: An Anthropological View (George Spindler and Louise Spindler)

4. Cultural Process and Ethnography: An Anthropological Perspective (George Spindler and Louise Spindler)

5. The Teacher as an Enemy (Harry F. Wolcott)

Part III. EDUCATION AND CULTURAL PROCESS IN THE UNITED STATES

6. Why Have Minority Groups in North America Been Disadvantaged by Their Schools? (George D. Spindler)

7. Achieving School Failure 1972–1997 (Raymond P. McDermott)

8. Racing in Place: Middle Class Work in Success/Failure (Herve Varenne, Shelley Goldman, and Raymond P. McDermott)

9. Education in Communitarian Societies—The Old Order Amish and the Hutterian Brethren (John A. Hostetler)

10. The Bauer County Fair: Community Celebration as Context for Youth Experiences of Learning and Belonging (Maureen K. Porter)

11. Teaching and Learning through Mien Culture: A Case Study in Community-School Relations (Lorie Hammond)

12. Beth Anne: A Case Study of Culturally Defined Adjustment and Teacher Perceptions (George D. Spindler)

13. Playing by the Rules (Margaret A. Gibson)

Part IV. CULTURAL PROCESS IN EDUCATION VIEWED TRANSCULTURALLY

14. The Transmission of Culture (George D. Spindler)

15. The Anthropology of Learning (Harry F. Wolcott)

16. Instruction and Affect in Hopi Cultural Continuity (Dorothy Eggan)

17. Contrasts between Prepubertal and Postpubertal Education (C. W. M. Hart)

18. Some Discontinuities in the Enculturation of Mistassini Cree Children (Peter S. Sindell)

19. The Display of Cultural Knowledge in Cultural Transmission: Models of Participation from the Pacific Island of Kosrae (Vera S. Michalchik)

Part V. TRANSCULTURAL COMPARISONS

20. Day Care Teachers and Children in the U.S. and Japan: Ethnography, Reflexive Interviewing and Cultural Dialogue (Mariko Fujita and Toshiyuki Sano)

21. Does Formalism Spell Failure? Values and Pedagogies in Crosscultural Perspective (Victoria J. Baker)

22. Crosscultural, Comparative, Reflective Interviewing in Schoenhausen and Roseville (George Spindler and Louise Spindler)

Part VI. TEACHING CULTURE

23. Transcultural Sensitization (George D. Spindler)

24. Anthropology in a Zuni High School Classroom: The Zuni-Stanford Program (Clifford Barnett and John Rick)

25. Teaching Culture (George Spindler and Louise Spindler)

26. Class Discussion: Comparing Hutterite Education and an Inner City School (Mica Pollock)