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Educational Anthropology


Educational anthropology concerns itself with analysing cultural relations and social processes in educational contexts (or in an educational perspective). Through ethnographical studies, people’s perspectives, actions, and relations are analysed as they are shaped and reflected in everyday life and outside institutions.

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Recommended works

  • Blackwell 
    Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online gives you instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in the field of sociology. (online)  
  • Dictionary of Sociology 
    With terms taken from sociology and the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science, it provides widespread coverage of all aspects of sociology, from adaptation to zero tolerance. (online)  
  • Dictionary of the social sciences 
    Collecting anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, cultural studies, and Marxism in one volume  
  • Encyclopedia of social measurement 
    The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement excellently covers and integrates both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science and social measurement (online)
  • Lexicon for the 21st Century
    The lexicon contains over 3200 hits on topics that the established lexicons do not mention or merely write nonsense. This includes first and foremost movements – grassroots organisations – but also terms, lands, and people. (online)
  • Sociological Lexicon
    Descriptions of sociological terms, areas of study, methods, theory of science, and important theorists. Ed: Steen Nepper Larsen et al.
  • The great Danish Encyclopedia
    The great Danish is a lexicon that has the answer for almost  anything – a national reference source (online)
  • Wikipedia
    Is a multilingual, encyclopedia project which is based on free content and an open edit mode. (online)


    • Anthrosource
      Journal base with full-text access to American Anthropological Associations publications within anthropology, ethnography, and archaeology. All volumes are there.
    • Anthropology Plus
      The most comprehensive bibliography within anthropology. It is a merging of the bibliographies Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from Royal Anthropological Institute. It indexes journals, books, rapports, anthologies, and obituaries. It covers the period from the late 1800s to today. All key journals are indexed with a long line of less familiar publications from the whole world.
    • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
      The most comprehensive educational, teaching and pedagogical database in the world with references to journal articles, books, conference papers, etc., in all disciplines of pedagogy and other pedagogically related literature

    • PsycINFO
      International base. Refers to publications in psychology as well as publications with psychological aspects in disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, anthropology, economics and law. There is full text access to the articles from  PsycArticles
    • Scopus
      Scopus covers health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and increasingly also the humanities (especially European humanities and medical anthropology).
    • Web of Science
      Web of Science (WoS) is an article base and a citation index with references to articles within all fields of studies. It contains bases such as: • Science Citation Index Expanded • Social Sciences Citation Index • Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
    • ProQuest Social Sciences Journals
      Searches in twenty databases with the social sciences.
    • Sage Journals
      E-journal base with scientific, peer reviewed journals within the social science, the humanities, the natural sciences, and the technical sciences. There is access to the journals from the newest volumes while it varies from journal to journal as to how far back the access is granted.

    • See also - Subject guide for Political Science

    Main sources for knowledge

      • Bibliotek.dk
        Denmark’s national library base. It contains references to all the Danish public libraries’ and research libraries’ materials.
      • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
        Online catalogue that registers and gives free access to open access research of high quality and peer reviewed journals.
      • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Centre)
        The most comprehensive educational and pedagogical bibliography in the world with reference to journal articles, books, conference papers etc. within all of the disciplines of education and other educational related literature.
      • FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank
        The bibliography FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank refer to articles, books, chapters of books, “grey material”, and online documents within all areas of pedagogy and theory of education internationally. The content is mainly German and there is full-text access to the majority of it. The base is updated regularly.
      • JSTOR
        Journal base with full-text access to leading academic journals within all fields of study. There is usually not access to the three to five latest volumes but generally for all other volumes. In few journals’ cases, there is access to journals dating back to the 1600-1800s.
      • OAPEN Library
        Publication library with free access to a limited amount of books within the humanities and social sciences.
      • PsycINFO
        International Base. References to publications within psychology as well as publications with psychological aspects within disciplines like medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, anthropology, economy, and law. There is full-text access to articles from PsycArticles.
      • Scopus
        Wide database that covers all fields of study. Scopus is both an article base and a citation index. Scopus indexes more journals than any other base, and the very comprehensive index and post process of cited articles make Scopus a good alternative to more specialized data bases. Scopus covers health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and increasingly also the humanities (especially European humanities and medical anthropology).
      • Web of Science (ISI)
        Article base and a citation index med references to articles within all fields of study. It contains these five bases:
        • Science Citation Index Expanded
        • Social Sciences Citation Index
        • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
        • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science
        • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities
      • WorldCat
        International library database (incl. Danish, Norwegian, and German publications). Here, you search in more than 10.000 libraries in the world.

        Nordic Databases





          • Cristin – Current Research Information System in Norway
            The Norwegian parallel to The Danish Research Database.

          • Idunn
            About Idunn 

          • NIFU
            Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) is an independent social science research institute, organized as a non-profit foundation. NIFU aims to be a leading European research organization for studies of innovation, research and education at all levels.

          • Nora
            Norwegian research publications: Articles, dissertations, books, research reports, theses.

          • NORART
            Articles in Norwegian and Nordic journals

          • Bibsys (Oria)
            Here you are allowed to search in the Norwegian academic libraries' resources, books, articles, journals, and electronic resources etc.


          • DIVA
            DiVA portal is a finding tool for research publications and student theses produced at 49 universities and research institutions.

          • Libris
            LIBRIS, The National Library of Sweden LIBRIS is the joint catalogue of the Swedish academic and research libraries with Swedish literature dating back to the 17th century: books, journals, articles, notes, maps, electronic material etc.

          • SwePub
            The Swedish parallel to The Danish Research Database: Swepub makes it possible to search among articles, conference papers, dissertations etc. published at Swedish universities and authorities. Use Swepub for an overview of what is published in your research area, to get titles in full text, abstracts and citations.


          • NB-ECEC
            ECEC-NB gathers quality-assured Scandinavian research on 0-6 year-old children in early childhood education and care. It is short for The Nordic Base of Early Childhood Education and Care.This database is e.g. for students, researchers, professionals within pedagogy and educational managers. The database is updated annually and now contains quality-assured research from 2006-2017.

          • Nord Forsk
            The Nordic Council of Ministers which finances Nordic research cooperation and provides advice and input on Nordic research policy
            Read more: 

          • Nordic Co-operation in education and research

          Research Portals and E-resources

            • Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research
              Collects, analyses, and distributes results about research on pedagogical and educational areas.
            • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)

              The IOE UK Digital Education Repository Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families.

            • Eurostat
              EU’s statistics organization that controls the member countries’ statistics.
            • EVA
              Denmark’s appraisal institute is an independent stately institute under the ministry of education. EVA works with appraisal and quality development – from public day-care facilities to further education.
            • Ifous – innovation, research and development in schools and pre-schools
              – is a nonprofit independent research and development (R & D) institute that works to stimulate practice-oriented research in the field of education. The aim is to support school providers in implementing research-based education and to help teachers and school-leaders to plan, carry out and evaluate teaching on the basis of research-based methods and procedures.
            • Infomedia
              Newspaper database with Danish newspapers and magazines.
            • Vive
              The social research institute is a sectoral research institute under the social ministry which contributes with socially relevant and user-oriented research within social relations including work-related, economical, and family-related relations as well as other national and international social conditions and significant features of development for the population’s living conditions.
            • Rådet for Børns Læring
              Independent council in Denmark whose purpose it is to follow, evaluate and council the minister for Children and Education about the quality in the public school and youth education. The school committee consists of a chairmanship which currently counts five member and twenty-one additional members from a line of central interests groups from the public school and youth education area.
            • Skolporten
              Information surveillance of current Swedish school news, the newest school research, and conferences.
            • The Directorate of Social Affairs
              The Directorate of Social Affairs is a part of the ministry for Children, Equality, Integration, and Social Relations whose task it is to contribute actively to a knowledge based social policy
            • The Think Tank DEA

              works to strengthen value creation and growth by improving the evidence base for the design and prioritization of early learning of, education, research and innovation.

              DEA is an independent, non profit think tank.


              • Ph.d. disputations at Syddansk University
                A list over appointed disputations at The Faculty of Humanities at Syddansk University.
              • DART-Europe
                DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

              • Student projects at Aalborg University Library
                Aalborg University’s project library works as an online publication of digital editions of master projects and theses from the whole university and promote these projects as informative products from AAU. From June 2008, all disputations from Aalborg University are registered and made visible in The Digital Project Library: Bachelor, professional bachelor, masters/MBA, and master degrees. Master projects can be found and downloaded in full-text while those projects that are marked as confidential are not publically available.
              • Thesises from Educational Anthropology, DPU


              • American Anthropologist
                is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. The journal advances the Association's mission through publishing articles that add to, integrate, synthesize, and interpret anthropological knowledge; commentaries and essays on issues of importance to the discipline; and reviews of books, films, sound recordings and exhibits.
              • American Ethnologist
                is a quarterly journal concerned with ethnology in the broadest sense of the term. The journal’s articles connect ethnographic specificity with original theoretical contributions, conveying the relevance of the ethnographic imagination to the contemporary world. 
              • Annual Review of Anthropology
                covers significant developments in the subfields of anthropology, including archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics and communicative practices, regional studies and international anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.
              • Anthropological Theory
                seeking to strengthen anthropological theorizing in different areas of the world. This is an exciting forum for new insights into theoretical issues in anthropology and more broadly, social theory.
              • Anthropology and Education Quarterly
                draws on anthropological theories and methods to examine educational processes in and out of schools, in US and international contexts. Articles rely primarily on ethnographic research to address immediate problems of practice as well as broad theoretical questions.
              • Anthropology Today
                aims to provide a forum for the application of anthropological analysis to public and topical issues, while reflecting the breadth of interests within the discipline of anthropology. It is also committed to promoting debate at the interface between anthropology and areas of applied knowledge such as education, medicine, development etc. as well as that between anthropology and other academic disciplines. 
              •  Childhood
                is a major international peer reviewed journal and a forum for research relating to children in global society that spans divisions between geographical regions, disciplines, and social and cultural contexts. Childhood publishes theoretical and empirical articles, reviews and scholarly comments on children's social relations and culture, with an emphasis on their rights and generational position in society.
              • Children’s Geographies
                is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes leading edge research and scholarship relating to children, young people and families. The Journal publishes internationally excellent new work relating to any aspect of the geographies of children, young people and families. Although focused upon geographical issues and spatial concepts, the journal welcomes multi- and inter-disciplinary submissions from researchers in areas such as Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economic Development, Education, Psychology, Legal Studies, Social Policy, Political Science, Urban Design and Architecture. The Journal also provides a forum for policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in these fields. The Journal’s Editorial Board supports the involvement of early career and international researchers.
              • Critique of Anthropology
                is dedicated to the development of anthropology as a discipline that subjects social reality to critical analysis. The journal challenges received wisdoms inside academic anthropology and in society at large, presenting work that is innovative, challenging, sometimes experimental and often uncomfortable.
              • Cultural Anthropology
                publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with theoretical issues, with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests.
                in addition to this website, please visit the society's website for Cultural Anthropology.
              • Current Anthropology
                Established more than sixty years ago, Current Anthropology is the leading broad-based journal in the field. It seeks to publish the best theoretical and empirical research across all subfields of the discipline, ranging from the origins of the human species to the interpretation of the complexities of modern life.
              • déjà lu
                Déjà Lu ("Already read") is an initiative of the World Council of Anthropological Associations that aims at pluralizing the dissemination of anthropological knowledge on a global level. It is a journal that respects the academic decisions made by the reviewers of the author's community of origin to avoid the imposition of hegemonic international styles or canons.
              • Ethnic and Racial Studies
                aims to be the leading international  journal for the analysis of the role of race, racism, ethnicity, migration and forms of ethno-nationalism. These social phenomena are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the modern world. As the leading journal in these areas we seek to provide an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of original research and theoretical analysis, drawing particularly on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, international relations, geography, history, social psychology and cultural studies.
              • Ethnography and Education
                is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing articles that illuminate educational practices through empirical methodologies, which prioritise the experiences and perspectives of those involved. The journal is open to a wide range of ethnographic research that emanates from the perspectives of sociology, linguistics, history, psychology and general educational studies as well as anthropology. The journal’s priority is to support ethnographic research that involves long-term engagement with those studied in order to understand their cultures, uses multiple methods of generating data, and recognises the centrality of the researcher in the research process.
              • Ethnology
                is an international journal of cultural and social anthropology. Read more here.
              • Globalisation, Societies and Education
                represents scholarly analysis carried out from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, philosophy, politics, geography, history, economics, management and comparative studies as applied to education and its related fields. We welcome articles drawing on empirical research, comparative and single system case studies and theoretical explorations in the broad area of the relationships between globalisation, societies and education.
              • Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology
                is a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original papers promoting theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology. ethnos provides a forum where a wide variety of different anthropologies can gather together and enter into critical exchange.
              • Focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology   
                is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history, as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as "globalization" or "empire." Focaal is unique among anthropology journals for consistently rejecting the old separations between "at home" and "abroad," "center" and "periphery." The journal therefore strives for the resurrection of an "anthropology at large" that can accommodate issues of the global south, postsocialism, mobility, metropolitan experience, capitalist power, and popular resistance into integrated perspectives.
              • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
                is an international peer-reviewed journal. It aims to take ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline.
              • International journal of anthropology and ethnology
                is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. It considers articles in the fields of Anthropology and Ethnology, concerning theory, policy and practice, especially the critical global issues and challenges people are facing up to all over the world.
              • Jordens Folk
                er Skandinaviens eneste populærvidenskabelige, etnografiske tidsskrift. Det har til hensigt at formidle forskning og viden om verdens forskellige folkeslag og kulturer i et læsevenligt og journalistisk format. Tidsskriftet søger dermed gennem tekst og billeder at diskutere alment menneskelige problematikker anskuet ud fra en antropologisk eller etnografisk vinkel. Tidsskriftet er fagfællebedømt.
              • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
                publishes the results of first-class research on all forms of migration and its consequences, together with articles on ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration. Contributions to the journal, which are all fully refereed, are especially welcome when they are the result of original empirical research that makes a clear contribution to the field of migration
              • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
                is the principal journal of the oldest anthropological organization in the world. It has attracted and inspired some of the world’s greatest thinkers. International in scope, it presents accessible papers aimed at a broad anthropological readership. Articles, at the forefront of the discipline, range across the full spectrum of anthropology, embracing all fields and areas of inquiry – from sociocultural, biological, and archaeological, to medical, material and visual. The JRAI is also acclaimed for its extensive book review section, and it publishes a bibliography of books received.
              • Learning, Media and Technology
                aims to stimulate debate on digital media, digital technology and digital cultures in education. The journal seeks to include submissions that take a critical approach towards all aspects of education and learning, digital media and digital technology - primarily from the perspective of the social sciences, humanities and arts. The journal has a long heritage in the areas of media education, media and cultural studies, film and television, communications studies, design studies and general education studies.
              • Social Analysis
                is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research. It encourages contributions grounded in original empirical research that critically probe established paradigms of social and cultural analysis. The journal expresses the best that anthropology has to offer by exploring in original ways the relationship between ethnographic materials and theoretical insight. By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, it also opens new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.
              •  Social Anthropology
                is the acclaimed Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe. While European in profile, this leading Journal has a global scope. It publishes key contributions by both established and up-and-coming anthropologists. As part of the intellectual vitality of the Journal, it also features an exciting Debate in every issue, an important Review Essay which discusses outstanding books in adjoining disciplines or in public debate from an anthropological point of view, and a thriving Book Reviews Section.
              • Nordic Journal of Migration Research
                is a double blind peer-reviewed, open access international journal that is cost free for authors and readers alike. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical analyses of migratory processes, dealing with themes such as nationalism and transnationalism, ethnic relations and racism, border practices and belonging. The journal gives priority to Nordic issues, but publishes articles also from other geographical contexts. We are open to different methodological approaches.
              • Nordisk tidsskrift for Ungdomsforskning
                er et tværfaglig samfundsvidenskabelig tidsskrift, hvis formål er at bidrage til øget viden om unge og unges liv i de nordiske lande. Tidsskriftets ambition er at være den førende forlagskanal for nordisk ungdomsforskning på skandinaviske sprog og udgiver videnskabelige artikler, debat / kommentarartikler og boganmeldelser om ungdoms- og ungdomsrelaterede emner fra en nordisk kontekst.
              • Public Culture
                is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of cultural studies. A four-time CELJ award winner, Public Culture has been publishing field-defining ethnographies and analyses of the cultural politics of globalization for over thirty years. The journal provides a forum for the discussion of the places and occasions where cultural, social, and political differences emerge as public phenomena, manifested in everything from highly particular and localized events in popular or folk culture to global advertising, consumption, and information networks.
                Artists, activists, and scholars, both well-established and younger, from across the humanities and social sciences and around the world, present some of their most innovative and exciting work in the pages of Public Culture.
              • Tidsskriftet Antropologi
                afspejler de forskellige tendenser, retninger og interesser, som på ethvert tidspunkt eksisterer inden for den antropologiske forskning, ikke blot i Danmark, men også i det øvrige Skandinavien. Tidsskriftet Antropologi er således ikke ideologisk forpligtet, men søger i kraft af alsidig, tematisk spændvidde både at stille skarpt på vigtige igangværende diskussioner og at udpege nye mulige emner til videre afsøgning. 

              Professional associations: Podcasts and other resources

              • Antropologiforeningen
                The Anthropologists' Association in Denmark is an association for graduate anthropologists, graduates from related subjects and students in these subjects. As a member, you receive the Journal of Anthropology twice a year. The Anthropologists' Association also arranges workshops and lectures for our members.

                The purpose of the Anthropologists' Association is to work for the dissemination and application of anthropological knowledge and to create professional internal debate between anthropologists. The association therefore offers the members to participate in lectures, debate seminars and workshops, which partly aim to disseminate new research and trends in the subject and partly to create contact between the individual members. Anthropology Association Podcasts

              • Dansk Etnografisk Forening (DEF)
                The purpose of the Danish Ethnographic Association (DEF) is to promote and strengthen ethnography and anthropology in Denmark. We have been in existence since 1952. DEF is run by volunteers and is a professional community with no institutional, political or commercial affiliations. We are always open to good ideas, initiatives and a helping hand
              • The Research Project Future Technologies, Culture and Learning Processes
                The research programme Future Technology, Culture and Learning explores the ways in which technology changes and is changed by people and societies. The focus is not only on specific technologies or people, but on the relationships between them. Discussing technology means discussing culture and learning - concepts reflecting that technology always implies processes of change. Podcast
              • The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA
                is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe.

                The Association seeks to advance anthropology in Europe by organizing biennial conferences, by editing its academic journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, its Newsletter and the two publication series. The Association further encourages and supports thematic networks.

              • Society for Cultural Anthropology
                The Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association, constitutes a continuing effort to think expansively about the anthropological endeavor. Founded in the 1980s to highlight a concern for culture and to foster interdisciplinary connections, the Society is dedicated to interrogating and challenging the boundaries of the discipline. We welcome new points of view and approaches to a world forever in a state of becoming. AntroPod


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