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Empire, Civil Society, and the Beginnings of Colonial Education in India

Empire, Civil Society, and the Beginnings of Colonial Education in India


    • Date Published: May 2019
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498333

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    • This book tells a story of radical educational change. In the early nineteenth century, an imperial civil society movement promoted modern elementary 'schools for all'. This movement included British, American and German missionaries, and Indian intellectuals and social reformers. They organised themselves in non-governmental organisations, which aimed to change Indian education. Firstly, they introduced a new culture of schooling, centred on memorisation, examination, and technocratic management. Secondly, they laid the ground for the building of the colonial system of education, which substituted indigenous education. Thirdly, they broadened the social accessibility of schooling. However, for the nineteenth century reformers, education for all did not mean equal education for all: elementary schooling became a means to teach different subalterns 'their place' in colonial society. Finally, the educational movement also furthered the building of a secular 'national education' in England.

      • Contains several visual representations of the actors and their networks analysed in the book
      • Includes visuals sources (pictures of different types of schools), which help to illustrate the radical transformation of Indian education in the nineteenth century
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      • Date Published: May 2019
      • format: Hardback
      • isbn: 9781108498333
      • length: 386 pages
      • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 29 mm
      • weight: 0.62kg
      • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2019
    • Table of Contents

      List of figures
      List of tables
      List of abbreviations
      Introduction: empire civil society, and educational transformation in India
      1. A colonial experiment in education, Madras, 1789–1796
      2. Education of the poor, 1805–1813
      3. Missionaries, empire, and the cause of universal education, 1792–1824
      4. Race, class, and gender: the social agenda of education, 1809–1830
      5. Rules and numbers: transforming rural education, 1814–1830
      6. Intellectual conquest: education societies, 'useful knowledge', and the Bengal Renaissance, 1817–1854
      7. Civil society, government, and educational institutional-building, Bombay presidency, 1819–1882
      8. Teaching the marginalized: universal education and the politics of inequality, 1789–1937
      Conclusion: the emergence of public elementary schooling in an imperial frame

    • Adaptation by

      Jana Tschurenev, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany
      Jana Tschurenev is Research Fellow at the International Research Centre 'Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History', in Berlin. Her research interests include the history of education, comparative education, global history, and women's and gender history. She has published in several educational journals including Paedagogica Historica and the German Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, has co-edited a volume on the global history of moral reform movements entitled Biopolitik und Sittlichkeitsreform (2014), and a volume on the History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia (2014).

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