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Educational Regimes in Contemporary India

Educational Regimes in Contemporary India

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May 2005 | 346 pages | SAGE India
The commonsense understanding of `education` rests on the assumption that it has a straightforward positive value. In practice education is profoundly ambiguous in its effects. By focusing on `educational regimes`—and thereby locating values in a broad political terrain encompassing global, national and local contexts—this collection of original essays addresses numerous crucial issues. These include: whether educational regimes relate to other facets of contemporary India society; the extent to which they facilitate the values and ideals enshrined in the Constitution and in policy goals; and the implications of the differential impact of educational regimes on different social groups in India.

Introduction: Hearts, Minds and Pockets

Patricia Jeffery
Social Inequalities and the Privatisation of Secondary Schooling in North India

Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery and Craig Jeffrey
Education Exclusion and the Developmental State

Ramya Subrahmanian
An Ideal School and the Schooled Ideal: Education at the Margins

Sarada Balagopalan
Plural Society and Schooling: Urdu-medium Schools in Delhi

Anne Vaugier-Chatterjee
Doon School Aesthetics

David Macdougall
Serving the Nation: Gender and Family Values in Military Schools

Veronique Benei
Everyday Life in a Girls` Madrasah in Delhi

Mareike Jule Winkelmann
Negotiation and Compromise: Gender and Government Elementary Education

Elspeth Page
Learning Processes within the Ustad-Shagird Relationship

Rumman Hameed
Cultures of Adolescence: Educationally Disadvantaged Young Women in an Urban Slum

Meenakshi Thapan
`Revaluing` Education

Anita Rampal
Broken Trajectories: Dalit Young Men and Formal Education

Craig Jeffrey, Roger Jeffery and Patricia Jeffery
Changing Childhoods in Industrial Chhattisgarh

Jonathan Parry
Sisters and Brothers: Schooling, Family and Migration

Radhika Chopra



Through detailed ethnographic studies, the book takes a close look at the processes that occur during schooling…. The authors probe the `educational black box` with interesting results…. This contribution is particularly important given that educational policy within India is framed in conjunction with many international aid agencies…. Schools are perceived to be a defence against social inequality. Yet, far from being `social equalizers`…, they are mechanisms which reproduce social inequality. That`s food for thought.

Business Standard

 Educational Regimes in Contemporary India is a collective effort of a group of eminent sociologists and anthropologists…The book successfully holds the readers’ attention in each of its inter-connected chapters by an intense deconstruction of crucial variables...The book validates an important finding that the differential outcome fro the differential social groups have mostly been determined by their Social capital in the country. The success of this volume lies at the basic fact that the authors make the readers think about the related issues simultaneously…This volume with its thorough analysis places the ethnography and social anthropology at the centre-stage. Hence it is special volume. Furthermore almost all the contemporary discourse and debate has been efficiently covered in this book. This carefully edited volume with lucid rigorous analysis becomes a precious work…this volume becomes an essential reading for the scholar in social science.

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ISBN: 9780761933489