Jean Lave

The Slow Science Institute is directed by Professor Jean Lave. Jean Lave is a social anthropologist, Professor Emerita in the Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley. Much of her ethnographically-based research concentrates on the re-conceiving of learning, apprenticeship, and everyday life in terms of social practice. She has published three books on the subject: Understanding Practice (co-edited with S. Chaiklin, 1993); Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (with E. Wenger, 1991); and Cognition in Practice (1988). An ethnohistorical research project British merchant families engaged in the port wine trade in Portugal followed (History in Person:  Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities 2000, edited with Dorothy Holland).  She recently published Apprenticeship in Critical Ethnographic Practice on  critical ethnographic research practice, intertwined with a close account of her five years of research on apprenticeship in Liberia (2011).  She continues to write about social practice theory.