Toward common ground: The Uses of Educational Anthropology in Multicultural Education

Peter Demerath, Allison Mattheis

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This article reviews advances of interest to multicultural educators and researchers in the complementary disciplines of multicultural education and educational anthropology including the culture concept; biological and sociological conceptions of "race;" postmodern understandings of identity and subjectivity; and ethnographic accounts of how students' school experiences are shaped by globalization, immigration, class culture, neoliberalism, and popular culture. We further consider ways that teachers can support students from diverse backgrounds and identify sociocultural approaches to understanding educational policy impacts and appropriation. Our hope is to narrow the distance between these two fields so that common aims can be even more effectively realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Multicultural Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


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