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Constructing Post-Colonial India

National Character and the Doon School

By Sanjay Srivastava

© 1999 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415178563
pub: 1998-10-01
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An interdisciplinary and engaging book which looks at the nature of Indian society since Independence and unpacks what post-colonialism means to Indian citizens. Using the case study of the Doon School, a famous boarding school for boys, and one of the leading educational institutions in India, the author argues that to be post-colonial in India is to be modern, rational, secular and urban. In placing post-colonialism in this concrete social context, and analysing how it is constructed, the author renders a complex and often rather abstract subject accessible.


'Going far beyond the "sociology of education" framework, the study marks a noteworthy intervention in the academic debate on India's tryst with modernity … an important contribution.' - The Australian Journal of Anthropology

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General