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The Schoolteacher as Modern Father

Parna Sengupta

in Pedagogy for Religion

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268296
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268296.003.0005
The Schoolteacher as Modern Father

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This chapter traces the origins of the transformation of Stow's training systems from its narrow pedagogic niche to the new forms of Christian masculinity. Stow's model of teacher training was focused on the single teacher in the schoolroom, a male teacher who governed his class based on sympathy and affection, rather than coercion. The engaged, sympathetic male pedagogue, according to Bhudhev Mukhopadhyay was reminiscent of the “traditional” fathers, who were seen as largely diffident and distant from their sons. One of the consequences of Stow's theory of teacher training on the development of Indian masculinity was to underline a gentler patriarchal authority. The other, less obvious, implication was that this model was ultimately based on a series of hierarchies, teacher-student; father-child; man-woman; and, crucially, upper-caste Hindus to adivasis (tribal), the lower castes, and Muslims.

Keywords: schoolteacher; modern father; Christianity masculinity; teacher; patriarchal authority

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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