Apprenticeship: From Theory to Method and Back Again / Edition 1

Apprenticeship: From Theory to Method and Back Again / Edition 1

by Michael W. Coy
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State University of New York Press


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Apprenticeship: From Theory to Method and Back Again / Edition 1

This book examines the phenomenon of apprenticeship by exploring it as a social, economic, and educational institution. Studies of apprenticeship in both craft occupations and supernatural specializations in Africa, Latin America, North America, and Asia are offered. The authors also look at apprenticeship as a method in anthropological field research. Many of the contributors have apprenticed themselves in other-cultural settings, providing a unique marriage of subject and method in cross-cultural research. Esther N. Goody provides a summary look at learning, apprenticeship and the division of labor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791400616
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/1989
Series: SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 310

About the Author

Michael W. Coy is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Table of Contents


Michael Coy

Part I: From Theory

1. Japanese Folkcraft Pottery Apprenticeship: Cultural Patterns of an Educational Institution
John Singleton

2. Apprenticeship and Transmission of Knowledge in La Paz, Bolivia
Hans Buechler

3. Informal Aspects of Apprenticeship in Selected American Occupations
Bennie Graves

4. The Railroad Apprenticeship and the 'Rules': Historic Roots and Contemporary Practices
Frederick Gamst

5. The Process of Apprenticeship: Ritual Ordeal and the Adoption of a Cloak of Competence
Jack Haas

Part II: To Method

6. Being What We Pretend to Be: The Usefulness of Apprenticeship as a Field Method
Michael Coy

7. Apprenticeship as Field Method: Lessons from Hong Kong
Eugene Cooper

8. To Weave or Not to Weave: Apprenticeship Rules among the Akwete Igbo of Nigeria and the Baule of the Ivory Coast
Lisa Aronson

9. Hausa Weaving: Surviving Amid the Paradoxes
Linda Deafenbaugh

10. Secrets and Skills: Apprenticeship among Tukolor Weavers
R.M. Dilley

11. Apprentice Shaman
James Dow

12. Japanese Temple Gardens and the Apprentice Training of Priests
Norris Brock Johnson

13. Learning, Apprenticeship and the Division of Labor
Esther N. Goody

Author Index
Subject Index

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