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An Anthropology of Learning

On Nested Frictions in Cultural Ecologies

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  • Provides a new understanding of the method of participant observation
  • Shows how materials, culture and learning are connected in fieldwork research methods
  • Presents a new theory of cultural learning processes
  • Offers a new approach to culture as produced by frictions and ejections
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This book has one explicit purpose: to present a new theory of cultural learning in organisations which combines practice-based learning with cultural models - a cognitive anthropological schema theory of taken-for-granted connections - tied to the everyday meaningful use of artefacts. The understanding of culture as emerging in a process of learning open up for new understandings, which is useful for researchers, practitioners and students interested in dynamic studies of culture and cultural studies of organisations. The new approach goes beyond culture as a static, essentialist entity and open for our possibility to learn in organisations across national cultures, across ethnicity and across the apparently insurmountable local educational differences which makes it difficult for people to communicate working together in an increasingly globalized world. The empirical examples are mainly drawn from organisations of education and science which are melting-pots of cultural encounters.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Cathrine Hasse

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: An Anthropology of Learning

  • Book Subtitle: On Nested Frictions in Cultural Ecologies

  • Authors: Cathrine Hasse

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-9605-7Published: 15 December 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0583-5Published: 20 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-9606-4Published: 05 December 2014

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 320

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Learning & Instruction, Anthropology, Professional & Vocational Education

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