Spirit mediums of East Africa. Healers and fishermen of the Amazon River Basin. Potters of the American Southwest. People contending with climate change long ago. All share "knowledge in motion," a
process of drawing on experiences past and present as they engage in daily practice in relation to contexts of time, place, and power.
Quite a novel approach to issues that have preoccupied archaeologists for decades.
—Scott MacEachern, Bowdoin College
In the last twenty-five years, scholars from a number of
disciplines have explored "situated learning," specifically investigating how learning relates to social reproduction and daily life. In Knowledge in Motion, contributors focus on learning through
time and at a variety of scales, particularly as they relate to power and politics, with implications for emergent communities and constellations of practice.
This volume brings together
archaeologists, historians, and cultural anthropologists to examine communities engaged in a range of learning practices around the globe, from Africa to the Americas. Contributors draw on the growing
interdisciplinary scholarship on situated learning to explore those processes in relation to power and broader forces that shape knowledge during times of turbulent change.
diversity of regions and disciplines, Knowledge in Motion focuses on how learning, knowledge transmission, and the emergent qualities of communities and constellations of practice are shaped by
changing spheres of interaction or other unstable events and influences. The contributions forge productive theories and methodologies for exploring situated learning and its broad-ranging outcomes.