ANTHROPOLOGY OF EDUCATION:DISCOURSES AND DILEMMAS IN ANALYSIS OF EDUCATIONAL PATTERNS AND CULTURAL CONFIGURATIONS TOWARDS PURSUIT OF QUALITY EDUCATION
Anthropology of education is regarded as a relatively new sub discipline combining theory and methods of anthropological and ethnographic studies with those of pedagogy and educational studies. This article deals with the problem of application ofanthropology of education towards the issue of cultural diversity and the category of cultural difference. The debate surrounding the idea and praxis of multiculturalism raises further questions on how we are able to create patterns of integration applied to minorities, migrants, refugees etc. In the light of the recent processes and events across the globe, this question seems to be significant more than ever and the anthropology of education could serve here as a partial answer to the raised issues. This article engages with critiques about anthropology’s position on the periphery of critical race studies, the discipline’s lack of attention to racism and critical race scholarship. Educational anthropologists are more explicit about promoting research that details the workings of racism and fosters racial literacy.Researchershave addressed these issues with profound reasoning and concluded with thoughts about educational anthropologists’ contribution to critical race studies.Although social movements are frequently background and occasionally foreground in the studies of anthropologists of education, the noesisesproduced by movements have seldom been a focus area. In this reflection on the field, researchers argue that investigating the production and circulation of social movement knowledges, as contextualized by educational processes and spaces, can enrich our understanding of the roles of education and movements in struggles for justice and social change. Discussing certain methodological considerations,researchers have argued for a type of engaged educational anthropology that goes beyond mere “study” of education policy to its democratization and transformation. Researchers align with a specifically critical take on policy as a practice of power and a tool of governing that entails both domination and resistance.