ERIC Number: ED023027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Anthropological Backgrounds on Adult Education. CSLEA. Notes and Essays on Education for Adults, 57.
Tax, Sol; And Others
Five papers from a 1967 interdisciplinary seminar sponsored by University College at Syracuse University and by the Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults present insights and concepts from anthropology which have relevance for adult educators. The first paper gives a broad view of anthropology and its underlying modes of thought, and touches on implications for education. The next sets forth the socioeconomic and other dimensions of primitive societies and suggests, through comparisons with Western society, the variety of ways in which societies can organize themselves to satisfy human needs. The third evaluates changes within, and differences between, the lower middle and working classes and the lower class in America. A fourth seminar paper examines cultural relativism and the problem of studying American values in America. Finally, in a paper by an Indian anthropologist, relationships between the "great tradition" and folk tradition in South Asian societies are discussed in order to show that fundamental changes in a society do not come easily. (The document includes two tables and chapter notes.) (ly)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Cultural Exchange, Lower Class, Non Western Civilization, Social Change, Social Class, Social Values, Stereotypes, Subcultures, Western Civilization
Syracuse University Press, Box 8, University Station, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 ($2.00).
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Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, Brookline, MA.
Note: Papers presented at a conference on anthropological backgrounds in adult education (Syracuse, Oct 15-18, 1967).