Inhabiting 'Childhood': Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India

Authors: Balagopalan, S.

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Through a rich ethnography of street and working children in Calcutta, India, this book offers the first sustained enquiry into postcolonial childhoods, arguing that the lingering effects of colonialism are central to comprehending why these children struggle to inhabit the transition from labour to schooling.

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“Sarada Balagopalan’s Inhabiting Childhood is a very welcome contribution, since it reconstitutes the debate on childhood from the standpoint of subaltern children. … Balagopalan’s ethnography is tremendously rich for allowing the normative understanding of childhood to be questioned in terms of these broad categories. … Readers will find it a very satisfying and evocative contribution to South Asian childhood studies.” (Nandini Chandra, H-Childhood, h-net.org, January, 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Balagopalan, Sarada

    Pages 1-25

  • Re-forming Lives: The Child on the Street and the ‘Street Child’

    Balagopalan, Sarada

    Pages 26-58

  • Sedimenting Labour through Schooling: Colonial State, Native Elite and Working Children in Early Twentieth-Century India

    Balagopalan, Sarada

    Pages 59-86

  • Memories of Tomorrow: On Children, Labour and Postcolonial ‘Development’

    Balagopalan, Sarada

    Pages 87-121

  • The Politics of Failure: Children’s Rights and the ‘Call of the Other’

    Balagopalan, Sarada

    Pages 122-154

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Hardcover $110.00
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Softcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-33356-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inhabiting 'Childhood': Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31679-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137316790
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29642-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33356-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 237
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