The Program Ethnomathematics and the challenges of globalization

Ubiratan D'Ambrosio


This paper situates Ethnomathematics as a broad academic research program on the history and philosophy of mathematics, with implications for the history of science and technology, and for education. The main objective of the Program Ethnomathematics is to understand how, historically, cultural groups absorb innovation and incorporate it into their quotidian. In this paper special attention is given to the phenomenon of globalization, discussing the appropriateness of the Program Ethnomathematics in the era of globalization.

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