Apprenticeship in Critical Ethnographic Practice

Paperback | April 30, 2011

byJean Lave

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In this extended meditation, Jean Lave interweaves analysis of the process of apprenticeship among the Vai and Gola tailors of Liberia with reflections on the evolution of her research on those tailors in the late 1970s. In so doing, she provides both a detailed account of her apprenticeship in the art of sustained fieldwork and an insightful overview of thirty years of changes in the empirical and theoretical facets of ethnographic practice. Examining the issues she confronted in her own work, Lave shows how the critical questions raised by ethnographic research erode conventional assumptions, altering the direction of the work that follows.

As ethnography takes on increasing significance to an ever widening field of thinkers on topics from education to ecology, this erudite but accessible book will be essential to anyone tackling the question of what it means to undertake critical and conceptually challenging fieldwork. Apprenticeship in Critical Ethnographic Practice explains how to seriously explore what it means to be human in a complex world—and why it is so important.

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In this extended meditation, Jean Lave interweaves analysis of the process of apprenticeship among the Vai and Gola tailors of Liberia with reflections on the evolution of her research on those tailors in the late 1970s. In so doing, she provides both a detailed account of her apprenticeship in the art of sustained fieldwork and an ins...

Jean Lave is professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, affiliated with the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, and Education. She is the author or editor of many books, including Cognition in Practice: Mind, Mathematics, and Culture in Everyday Life.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226470725

ISBN - 13:9780226470726

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Thomas P. Gibson

Acknowledgments

1    Introduction: Apprenticeship and Critical Practice

2    Institutional Arrangements and the Uniform

3    Becoming a Tailor

4    Testing Learning Transfer

5    Multiplying Situations

6    Research on Apprenticeship, Research as Apprenticeship

Notes

References

Index

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“This is a fascinating and brilliant book that chronicles Lave’s career-long effort to escape the dualistic logics that constrain social analysis and to come to terms with what it means to recognize that context is everything and that there is no non-socially-situated praxis. As Lave compels and challenges us to rethink and redo pretty much everything we have been doing as social analysts so far, we find that we have to dispense with not just some of our tried-and-true concepts—particularly the distinctions between formal and informal, practice and theory, and doing and thinking—but ways of relating them to one another and to the worlds they supposedly describe.”