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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.

About the authors

Sarada Balagopalan is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi.

Reviews

“This is a book that deserves to become a classic and to be read over and over, including by those who may find it resonates with how contemporary schooling in the west is also increasingly stratified and unequal.” (Sara Bragg, Children & Society, March, 2019)


“A book so rich in theories elides questions of gender, caste, and religious specificities. ... Her subjects provided ample scope to explore connections between caste, religion, and gender and poverty in a specific spatio-temporal context. ... A treasure trove of child-related policies and an empathetic appraisal of street children, Inhabiting ‘Childhood’ ought to enlighten both specialist and nonspecialist readers.” (Swapna M. Banerjee, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 76 (2), May, 2017)

“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)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-25

    Balagopalan, Sarada

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

    Pages 26-58

    Balagopalan, Sarada

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

    Pages 59-86

    Balagopalan, Sarada

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

    Pages 87-121

    Balagopalan, Sarada

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

    Pages 122-154

    Balagopalan, Sarada

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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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