Anthropological Studies of Education

Anthropological Perspectives on Student Futures

Youth and the Politics of Possibility

Editors: Stambach, Amy, Hall, Kathleen D. (Eds.)

  • Provides ethnographic accounts from areas all over the world where mass schooling is nearly universal though not of equal quality 
  • Contributes to an anthropology of youth and education which has been drawn largely to studies of popular culture, consumerism, and resistance
  • Contextualizes the work of educators and researchers within the larger discussion about youth and the politics of time within the Anthropology of Education and Cultural Studies 
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This book examines diverse ways in which young people from around the world envision and prepare for their future education, careers, and families.  The book features cutting-edge anthropological essays including ethnographic accounts of schooling in India, South Africa, the US, Bhutan, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Each chapter focuses on today’s generation of students and on students' use of education to create new possibilities for themselves. This volume will be of particular interest to practicing teachers and anthropologists and to readers who seek an ethnographic understanding of the world as seen through the eyes of students.

About the authors

Amy Stambach is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.  Her major publications include Faith in Schools: Religion, Education, and American Evangelicals in East Africa, Confucius and Crisis in American Universities, and Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community, and Gender in East Africa. 
Kathleen D. Hall is Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she has also served as Director of the Center for South Asia Studies and coordinator of the annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Author of Lives in Translation: Sikh Youth as British Citizens as well as numerous research articles, she has successfully served as a Spencer Fellow, a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow.

Reviews

“This book is a remarkable and ethnographically very rich contribution to the field of youth studies. Bringing together anthropological debates on youth, education, and temporality in diverse regional settings, the book has much to add to our understanding of the complex routes and prospects that shape young people’s livelihoods in situations of uncertainty. An extremely timely book!” (Karen Valentin, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark)

“This rich volume argues for a shift away from policy studies of classrooms and schools to a broader perspective in which student horizons of aspiration, expectation, and hope are placed at the center of the analysis. Far from being simple paths to social mobility, schools are shown to primarily be sites where youth learn to engage, debate, contest, and evaluate the practices of aspiration through which education refracts larger social constraints on future-building. This book is indispensable for all scholars of youth, education, and globalization.” (Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Stambach, Amy

    Pages 1-16

  • Aspiration as Capacity and Compulsion: The Futures of Urban Middle-Class Youth in India

    Gilbertson, Amanda

    Pages 19-32

  • “Too Good to Teach”: Bhutanese Students and a Hierarchy of Aspirations

    Roder, Dolma

    Pages 33-49

  • A “Golden Generation”? Framing the Future Among Senior Students at Gülen-Inspired Schools in Urban Tanzania

    Dohrn, Kristina

    Pages 51-67

  • Aspiration, Piety, and Traditionalism Among Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Girls

    Hefner, Claire-Marie

    Pages 69-81

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54786-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54785-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anthropological Perspectives on Student Futures
Book Subtitle
Youth and the Politics of Possibility
Editors
  • Amy Stambach
  • Kathleen D. Hall
Series Title
Anthropological Studies of Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54786-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54786-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54785-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 178
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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