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Educating in Life

Ethnographies of Challenging New Normals, 1st Edition

By Herve Varenne


286 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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This volume investigates the ubiquitous education of everyday life as people contest the normal, settle on a new convention, and deal with the difficulties that arise. By documenting adolescent Dominican girls, young men in Silicon Valley, successful venture capitalists, and others imagining, explaining, and challenging the status quo, this book presents evidence that the proper starting point for education is struggle and play within and around institutionalized social and cultural conditions. Through a development of Varenne’s earlier research at the intersection of anthropology and education, this book highlights transformative work that constructs new cultures, and it presents a revitalized theory of culture, difference, and education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: When is education?

Part I - Making trouble and designing new normals

  1. Normals, emerging and diverging (Varenne)
  2. Girls, taking new directions (Wessler and Varenne)
  3. Designing, animating and repairing a suitable DoItYourself biology lab (Scroggins and Varenne)
  4. Re-designing capitalism (Souleles and Varenne)
  5. Teachers, educating themselves about their school (Koyama and Varenne)

Part II - Living with difficult normals, old and new

  1. Figuring out the ages of autism (de Wolfe and Varenne)
  2. Mothers, educating themselves about their children’s futures in Mexico and the United States (Oliveira and Varenne)
  3. To not/wear or to not not/wear hijab: The girls and boys of Bangladesh Avenue in America (Sammadar Corrado and Varenne)
  4. Animals instructing humans instructing animals (Van Tiem and Varenne)
  5. What next? Keeping life in education (Varenne)

About the Author

Hervé Varenne is a professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

With support of

Juliette de Wolfe is assistant professor of Special Education at Relay Graduate School of Education, USA.

Jill Koyama is an associate professor of Educational Policy Studies & Practice in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, USA.

Gabrielle Oliveira is an assistant professor of Foundations of Education in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, MA, USA.

Sunonda Samaddar is a professor of Anthropology at Wayne County Community College, USA.

Michael Scroggins is a postdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA, USA.

Daniel Souleles is an assistant professor in the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Jennifer M. Van Tiem is an adjunct assistant professor of International & Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Sarah Wessler is an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Fairfield University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Research