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The Anthropology of Education Policy

Ethnographic Inquiries into Policy as Sociocultural Process, 1st Edition

Edited by Angelina E. Castagno, Teresa McCarty

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Advancing a rapidly growing field of social science inquiry—the anthropology of policy—this volume extends and solidifies this body of work, focusing on education policy. Its goal is to examine timely issues in education policy from a critical anthropological, ethnographic, and comparative perspective, and through this to theorize new ways of understanding how policy "does its work." At the center is a commitment to an engaged anthropology of education policy that uses anthropological knowledge to imagine and foster more equitable and just forms of schooling. The authors examine the ways in which education policy processes create, reflect, and contest regimes of knowledge and power, sorting and stratifying people, ideas, and resources in particular ways.

In contrast to conventional analyses of policy as text-based, dictated, linear, and rational, an anthropological perspective positions policy at the interface of top-down, bottom-up, and meso-level processes, and as de facto and de jure. Demonstrating how education policy operates as a social, cultural, and deeply ideological process "on the ground," each chapter clearly delineates the implications of these understandings for educational access, opportunity, and equity.

Providing a single "go to" source on the disciplinary history, theoretical framework, methodology, and empirical applications of the anthropology of education policy across a range of education topics, policy debates, and settings, the book updates and expands on seminal works in the field, carving out an important niche in anthropological studies of public policy.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART 1—SITUATING THE FIELD

  1. Finding the Practice in Education Policy—A Disciplinary Genealogy
  2. Teresa L. McCarty and Angelina E. Castagno

  3. Theoretical Foundations for a Critical Anthropology of Education Policy
  4. Bradley A. Levinson, Teresa Winstead, and Margaret Sutton

  5. What Does an Anthropologist of Educational Policy Do? Methodological Considerations
  6. Edmund T. Hamann and Thiru Vandeyar

    PART 2—EDUCATIONAL REFORM AND CONTESTATION IN THE U.S.

  7. Producing Policy Prescriptions in a "Persistently Low-Achieving" School
  8. Jill Koyama

  9. Studying Educational Policy through its Dissenters: The Anthropology of U.S. Educational Policy Contestation
  10. Jen Sandler

  11. The Ambiguous Political Power of Liberal School Reform
  12. Amanda Lashaw

    PART 3—RACED, AND RACING, EDUCATION POLICY

  13. The (In)Flexibility of Racial Policies: Chinese Americans in the Jim Crow South
  14. Stacey J. Lee

  15. DREAMers and DACAmented students in U.S. Higher Education: Toward a Critical Race Anthropology of Education Policy
  16. Carol E. Johnson and Angelina E. Castagno

  17. Along Ghostly Grains: Toward an Ethnography of Policy
  18. Sabina E. Vaught and Gabrielle Orum Hernández

    PART 4—LANGUAGE, IDENTITY, AND EXCLUSIONARY EDUCATION POLICY

  19. "Safe" versus "Dangerous" Policy Processes in Urban Public Schooling: The Case of Native American Education in Arizona
  20. Cynthia Benally

  21. Policy Practices and State Effects: A Comparative Analysis of Social Inequality, Language Diversity, and Education Policy in South Africa and the United States
  22. James Collins

  23. Language Sequestration and Public Education: A View from the New Language Policy Studies

Teresa L. McCarty

About the Contributors

Index

About the Editors

Angelina E. Castagno is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Northern Arizona University, USA.

Teresa L. McCarty is the George F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Affiliate Faculty in American Indian Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research