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Degrees Without Freedom? Education, Masculinities, and Unemployment in North India

ISBN-10: 0804757437

ISBN-13: 9780804757430

Edition: 2007

Authors: Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery

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"Degrees Without Freedom?" re-evaluates debates on education, modernity, and social change in contemporary development studies and anthropology. Education is widely imputed with the capacity to transform the prospects of the poor. But in the context of widespread unemployment in rural north India, it is better understood as a contradictory resource, providing marginalized youth with certain freedoms but also drawing them more tightly into systems of inequality. The book advances this argument through detailed case studies of educated but unemployed or underemployed young men in rural western Uttar Pradesh. This book draws on fourteen months' ethnographic research with young men from middle caste Hindu, Muslim, and ex-Untouchable backgrounds. In addition to offering a new perspective on how education affects the rural poor in South Asia, "Degrees Without Freedom?" includes in-depth reflection on the politics of modernity, changing rural masculinities, and caste and communal politics.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Authors
Introduction
Chandbir
Sen, Education and Freedom
Global Youth Cultures
Styles of Appropriation
Gendered Styles
Grounding Un/under-Employment
Research Strategy
Argument and Structure of the Book
The Political Economy of Uttar Pradesh
The Political Economy of UP
Employment and Education in Bijnor District
In Search of Distinction: Jat Educational and Employment Strategies
'War Against Fate': Muslim and Chamar Strategies
Conclusions
Masculinity on a Shoestring? The Cultural Production of Education
Imagining Education
Hegemonized Young Men?
Conclusions
From Canefield to Campus (and Back Again): The Social Strategies of Educated Jats
Rich Farmers in Post-Colonial India
Sonu
Reinvesting in Education
'Semi-bourgeois' Work
Dust, Soil and Shifting Jat Masculinities
Social Differences among the Jats
Conclusions
Dalit Revolution? New Politicians in Uttar Pradesh
New Politicians as Political Intermediaries
Urbane Geographies: New Politicians as Social Animators
The Popular Receptions of Netas' Ideas
Conclusions
Muslims' Strategies in an Age of Insecurity
Zamir
Valuing Education
Alternative Routes: Manual Labor and Islamic Masculinities
The Counter-narratives of 'Uneducated' Men
The Social Dangers of 'Acting Islamic'
Conclusions
Down and Out in Nangal and Qaziwala: The Cultural Politics of Resentment
Introducing Amarpal
Chamars' Search for Fallback Work
Timepass Cultures
Muslim and Jat Resentment
Conclusions
Conclusions
Reproducing Difference
Grounding Modernities
Degrees Without Freedom? Rethinking Education
Bibliography
Index