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Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India

by: Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery,

Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India 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 […]

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Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India 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, Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India includes in-depth reflection on the politics of modernity, changing rural masculinities, and caste and communal politics.

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ISBN: 978-81-87358-58-9
Publisher: Social Science Press
Publish Date: 2010
Page Count: 256

Meet the Author
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Craig Jeffrey is Associate Professor in Geography and International Studies at the University of Washington. He has published widely, including papers in World Development, Modern Asian Studies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Development and Change.
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Patricia Jeffery is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her recent books include (with Roger Jeffery) Don’t Marry Me to a Plowman: Women’s Everyday Lives in Rural North India (Westview Press and Vistaar, 1996
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Roger Jeffery is Professor of Sociology of South Asia at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His recent books include (with Patricia Jeffery) Population, Gender and Politics: Demographic Change in Rural North India (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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