Anthropology in Action
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Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Editor: Christine McCourt, City University London 


Volume 23 / 2016, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Subjects: Applied Anthropology 


Published in association with the Association of Social Anthropologists’ (ASA) Apply Network

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Anthropology, Education and the Wider Public

Hilary Callan and Brian Street

Abstract

The article addresses the position of anthropology in new educational contexts, considering anthropology in education and the anthropological study of education. While some transatlantic comparisons are drawn, the emphasis is on developments within the U.K. These are treated historically, using the Royal Anthropological Institute's experience in working for an anthropological presence in pre-university education from the 1980s to the present as an extended case-study. The work done by the RAI's Education Committee to design and introduce a new GCE A-level in anthropology, culminating in its successful accreditation by the national regulator, is recounted in the style of 'rich ethnography'. A case is made for the potential of academic associations to create the alliances across sectors that are needed in this context; and conclusions are tentatively drawn regarding the implications of these initiatives for the future of the discipline and its public engagement.

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