© 2003

Local Meanings, Global Schooling

Anthropology and World Culture Theory

  • Editors
  • Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt
      Pages 1-26
  3. Ministries and Schools Transform

    1. Susan Jungck, Boonreang Kajornsin
      Pages 27-49
    2. Diane Brook Napier
      Pages 51-74
    3. Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt, Boubacar Bayero Diallo
      Pages 75-97
  4. Teachers, Students, and Parents Respond

  5. Outside or Beyond a Global Culture

    1. Lesley Bartlett
      Pages 183-200
    2. Deborah Reed-Danahay
      Pages 201-218
  6. Comment

    1. Francisco O. Ramirez
      Pages 239-254
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-263

About this book


Is there one global culture of schooling, or many national and local cultures? Do educational reforms take school systems on diverging or parallel paths? These case studies from five continents use ethnography and history to challenge the sweeping claims of sociology's world culture theory (neo-institutionalism). They demonstrate how national ministries of education and local schools re-invent every reform. Yet the cases also show that teachers and local reformers operate 'within and against' global models. Anthropologists need to recognize the global presence in local schooling as well as local transformation of global models. This is a collection that scholars in the field of the anthropology of education will not want to be without.


anthropology education education reform politics school schooling sociology

About the authors

LESLEY BARTLETT, Teachers College, Columbia University BOUBACAR BAYERO DIALLO, Université de Conakry and Université de Québec à Montréal DIANE BROOK NAPIER, University of Georgia THOMAS HATCH, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching SUSAN JUNGK, National-Louis University BOONREANG KAJORNSIN, Kasetsart University, Bangkok JOHN D. NAPIER, University of Georgia HUAHUA OUYANG, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies FRANCISCO O. RAMIREZ, Stanford University DEBORAH REED-DANAHAY, University of Texas-Arlington LISA ROSEN, University of Chicago KALANIT SEGAL-LEVIT, Haifa University AMY STAMBACH, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bibliographic information


'All the contributors are of an exceptionally high standard and are of equal interest to anthropologists and specialists with an interest in comparative education.' - C.W.Watson, British Journal of Educational Studies