Jean Lave

Professor (Education and Geography)
Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1968

Interests: Jean Lave is a social anthropologist with a strong interest in social theory. Much of her ethnographically-based research concentrates on the re-conceiving of learning, learners, and everyday life in terms of social practice. She has published three books on the subject: Understanding Practice (co-authored with S. Chaiklin, 1993); Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (with E. Wenger, 1991); and Cognition in Practice (1988). More recently her work has taken a historical turn with a collaborative, ethnohistorical research project, Producing Families, Trading in History on the British merchant families engaged in the port wine trade in Portugal – (History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities 2000, edited with Dorothy Holland). She is currently finishing a book on apprenticeship in Liberia and changing research practice and continues to write about social practice theory.

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