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Schooling the National Imagination

Shalini Advani

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062752.001.0001
Schooling the National Imagination

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This book examines English studies in the school curriculum in India and, using this as a lens, explores the shifts in the construction of nationalism, modernity, and identity in independent India. Discussing the national education policy in general and the English language policy in particular, it traces the development of a specific ideology of postcoloniality in India. It examines State-produced school textbooks, identifies how English curriculum both reflects and constructs identity in particular ways, and discusses classroom practice in schools to consider the ways in which ideology shapes pedagogic practice.

Keywords: English studies; English curriculum; education policy; English language policy; postcoloniality; nationalism; pedagogic practice

Book.  216 pages. 

Subjects: Sociology

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Introduction in Schooling the National Imagination

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Becoming ‘True’ Indians in Schooling the National Imagination

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Language and the Postcolonial Predicament in Schooling the National Imagination

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Education for Nationalism in Schooling the National Imagination

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The Construction of the Nation in Schooling the National Imagination

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Normalizing the Boundaries in Schooling the National Imagination

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Engendering the Nation in Schooling the National Imagination

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Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom in Schooling the National Imagination

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