This book investigates the nature of identity formation among economically backward adolescent Muslim girls in northern India by focusing on the interstitial spaces of the ‘home’ and ‘school’. It examines issues of religion, patriarchy and education, to interrogate the relationship between pedagogy and religion in South Asia.
Using a multi-disciplinary approach and multiple research methods, the volume makes significant contribution to the study of socialisation and modern education among minorities and other marginalised groups in India. It will be of interest to scholars of education, culture and gender studies, sociology, psychology, Islamic studies, and to policy-makers and non-government organisations involved in education.
[The book] gives us a richly detailed and insightful understanding of the lives of young women in a deeply religious community, of the complexities of and challenges involved in both ‘becoming a woman and becoming religious’ within this tradition and this neighborhood and school. This book is not only a fine piece of academic work, but it deserves a wide public readership as well. — Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison
This is a closely researched and closely argued work, which makes an original contribution to the sociology of education. I was particularly impressed by the lucidity of the presentation. The author never lapses into jargon — analysis and evidence are integrated into a seamless whole. — Ramachandra Guha, historian and biographer
This book is an important contribution, not only because of the subject of study, but also because it seeks to use a mix of methods — Meenakshi Thapan Delhi School of Economics
Figures. Tables. Abbreviations. Preface. Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Identity, Self and Religion 3. Ethos as a Gendering Device 4. Articulated Discourse 5. Four Facets of Identity 6. Conclusion. About the Author. Bibliography. Index