Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Education: The United States and Beyond

Bradley A. Levinson, Norma González, Kathryn Anderson-Levitt

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This article proceeds by highlighting the key organizing questions that animate the variety of anthropological approaches to education, past and present. With a focus on U.S. contributions to the field of anthropology of education, the article also acknowledges the contributions of other national traditions. With its early roots in studies of cultural transmission and 'culture and personality,' the field has grown to incorporate questions about cultural continuity and change, schools and inequality, and the education of racially minoritized groups. A wide range of interdisciplinary dialogues and advocacy efforts for social justice now characterize anthropological approaches to education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Cultural acquisition
  • Cultural production
  • Cultural transmission
  • Ethnography
  • Multiple literacies
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Social reproduction of inequality
  • Teaching and learning
  • Transculturation
  • Transnational migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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