Becoming a Blacksmith in Gbarngasuakwelle
Anthropology and Education Quarterly
American Anthropological Association
In analyzing the processes involved in becoming a blacksmith in a Kpelle town in West Africa, the paper highlights the failure of simple typologies to account for the contrast between formal schooling and out-of-school or informal learning. The blacksmith is shown to carry three subroles: skilled worker, big-man, and medicine man. Each involves different skills and each requires different training processes. These processes are described and attention is paid to their forma/and informal characteristics.
Lancy, D. F. (1980). Becoming a blacksmith in Gbarngasuakwelle. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 11, 266-274.