Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in Anthropology & Education Quarterly 34:4 (2003), pp. 438–449. Copyright © 2003 American Anthropological Association. Used by permission.


The large corpus of scholarship of cultural anthropologist Laura Nader is relevant to the contemporary practice of the anthropology of education. In particular, her work is relevant to contemporary debates about methodology and what constitutes “scientifically based” education research; to the prospect and need for more cross-fertilization within the discipline of anthropology; and for the proud assertion of anthropology’s distinctive suitability for understanding and responding to many contemporary educational challenges, including how to have anthropologically derived insights more favorably compete in the “marketplace of ideas” against less empirically grounded claims and strategies.