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India Goes to School

Education Policy and Cultural Politics

Authors: Tukdeo, Shivali

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  • Focuses on the intertwined policy changes in formal education over the course of its long journey; and the politics of education reforms in India during the last few decades
  • Substantively contributes to the debates on higher education, skilled migration, privatization, social exclusion and the changes in India in recent times
  • Offers an analysis of transformation in India’s education policy by paying attention to both, archival as well as field data
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This book pays attention to education in India as part of several overlapping stories developed along different axes:  stories of dissent, contestations, appropriation and social action. It historicises the enterprise of formal education by paying attention to the numerous policy shifts. Further, it theorises the education policy discourse by analysing the ways in which education is increasingly being shaped by international/transnational knowledge production, actors and norms.  Focusing on the cultural politics of education policy production, circulation and translation across different contexts, the book revisits some of the long-standing and unresolved debates on social reforms, justice, nationalism and mobility.  Evolution of ideas such as mass education, national education, adult literacy and education through public-private-partnerships showcase the momentous shifts in education policy over the course of last century.  Ideas, institutional and economic arrangements, administrative formulations and frameworks for implementation make frequent appearances in the cultural as well as political reading of education policy. In a departure from the traditional policy research, this work sees policy as socially and culturally constructed; connected to questions of power, context and struggle; and part of a number of processes at large. 

About the authors

Shivali Tukdeo is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. Her scholarly engagements are rooted in diverse disciplinary interactions including education policy, critical social theory and sociology of education among others. Over the last few years, her work has focused on the  new policy regimes in education in India and their connections with international, supra-national policy orientations. Her current research  includes social exclusion and education, and the changing modes of public education in India.

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“What makes this book riveting is Tukdeo’s view of policy as socially and culturally constructed. She draws on feminist, post-colonial and anti-caste literature to critique policy frameworks … . Her book examines the intellectual hegemony inherent in the specific targets set up by Education for All, and the generic standards laid down in the Millennium Development Goals. … It invites the reader to think about how education policy is a tool for creating consensus around ideas of citizenship.” (Chintan Girish Modi, Business Standard, February 20, 2020)​
“India's frail and fragmented education system has failed the country's children, especially those from underprivileged classes and castes. The confusion of education policies, from the colonial period onward, has played no small role in this state of affairs. India Goes to School sheds valuable light on the social and cultural roots of these policies.” (Jean Dreze, Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics)

“Written with great clarity and authority, in this book, Shivali Tukdeo examines the complexities of national interests and global compulsions. The analysis she presents is likely to interest not only to Indian readership but also those interested in Indian education around the world.” (Fazal Rizvi, The University of Melbourne Australia)

 

“This book is a must read for anyone interested in the education system of India. It describes analytically and eloquently the internal contradictions of mass education and caste, democracy and right wing government, national policies and international influences. Shivali Tukdeo has put together a book that is outstanding on how to connect education, politics, economy and culture.” (Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese, Greece)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
India Goes to School
Book Subtitle
Education Policy and Cultural Politics
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature India Private Limited
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-3957-4
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-3957-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-3955-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 138
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