Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School

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Routledge, 1998 - Education - 259 pages
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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.

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About the author (1998)

Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. His key publications include Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School (Routledge, 1998), Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India (Routledge, 2007) and Entangled Urbanism. Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (OUP, 2014). He has edited and contributed to Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes, Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia (Sage, 2004) and Sexuality Studies (OUP, 2013). He is the co-author (with David Birch and Tony Schirato) of Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age (Palgrave, 2001).

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