Educating in Life Ethnographies of Challenging New Normals
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.
Introduction: When is education?
Part I - Making trouble and designing new normals
- Normals, emerging and diverging (Varenne)
- Girls, taking new directions (Wessler and Varenne)
- Designing, animating and repairing a suitable DoItYourself biology lab (Scroggins and Varenne)
- Re-designing capitalism (Souleles and Varenne)
- Teachers, educating themselves about their school (Koyama and Varenne)
Part II - Living with difficult normals, old and new
- Figuring out the ages of autism (de Wolfe and Varenne)
- Mothers, educating themselves about their children’s futures in Mexico and the United States (Oliveira and Varenne)
- To not/wear or to not not/wear hijab: The girls and boys of Bangladesh Avenue in America (Sammadar Corrado and Varenne)
- Animals instructing humans instructing animals (Van Tiem and Varenne)
- What next? Keeping life in education (Varenne)