Education, Acculturation, and Nationalist Networks

in Living with Colonialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929364 | DOI:
Education, Acculturation, and Nationalist Networks

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Education played a critical role in colonial state development. To satisfy the need for skilled and literate employees in the lower and middle tiers of bureaucracy, Britain's colonial regimes founded government institutions or patronized independent colleges that prepared young men for clerical, judicial, and technical posts. The best of these programs used English as the medium of instruction, and modeled curricular and extracurricular life on British public schools. This chapter emphasizes the acculturation rather than the formation of an educated elite. “Elite formation” was a prime concern of postcolonial and national studies from the 1950s onwards. Its frame of inquiry arose from decolonization, a process that had turned employees of colonial states into statesmen of free “nations.”

Keywords: education; elite; acculturation; formation; decolonization

Chapter.  11467 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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